ST. PAUL, Minn. - The St. Paul Police Department is now allowing employees to wear a police-issued hijab headscarf.
St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press he knows of only one other department in Washington D.C. that allows the hijab in the United States.
Cities in Canada and Great Britain allow Muslim officers to wear police-issued hijabs while in uniform.
The Minnesota department announcement Saturday morning comes in tandem with the recent hiring of their first Somali woman, Kadra Mohamed. She serves as a Community Liaison Officer.
Although the Twin Cities has the nation's largest Somali-American population, Garaad Sahal was St. Paul's first and is still the only sworn Somali-American police officer, joining in late 2012.