December 29, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
NewYork: In face of the latest amendments in the uniform policy of the New York Police Department (NYPD) Sikh officers will now be allowed to wear their turbans while on duty.
The local media reported that a navy blue turban with a badge will replace the traditional cap worn by other personnel — but wearers will need approval from senior officers.
“We want to make the NYPD as diverse as possible, and I think this is going to go a long way to help us with that,” said NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.
Mr O’Neil stated that “It’s a major change in our uniform policy, so we had to go about it carefully. And now I have the opportunity to make the change, and I thought it was about time that we did that.
Around 160 Sikhs serve in the NYPD and the news was welcomed by the officers. Turbans are integral to Sikh culture and identity and are worn by all adult men in addition to a beard” he further adds.
“This is a proud moment for Sikh community,” the Sikh Officers Association tweeted in response to the news.
“It’s a great feeling,” president of the association, Gurvinder Singh, told the CNN. “There will be a lot more Sikh officers now taking the next exam.”
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