Nigerian female police officers have been given a new and improved dress code by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba.
Naija News reports that the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made this known in a statement on Friday.
The Force spokesman disclosed that the police chief revealed the new dress code at the IGP’s meeting with Strategic Police Managers on Thursday, March 3, 2022.
Adejobi said female police officers can now wear stud earrings, and headscarves under their berets or peak caps as the case may be while in uniform.
According to the IGP, the new dress code is in line with international best practices.
He said the dress code addresses the growing concern for gender mainstreaming and respect for culture and diversity.
He said the IGP noted that the Nigeria Police workforce has officers from every local government in the country with a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds and increased inclusion of female folks.
“This, therefore, brings the need to guarantee inclusion, gender mainstreaming, ethnic and religious diversity in the workplace for optimum output and professionalism.
“This has informed the improvement for effective global workforce diversity management. Other countries that have adopted the same dress code include Canada, the United States of America, Sweden, Turkey, Australia and the United Kingdom amongst others.
“The dress code is optional and Senior Women Police Officers have been tasked by the IGP to ensure compliance with the approved standard for women police officers who have opted to adopt the dress code,” the statement reads in part.