By Augustine Ehikioya
In line with international best practices, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has approved additional new and improved dress code for Women Police Officers in Nigeria.
The dress code now permits them to wear stud earrings and headscarf under their berets or peak caps while in uniform.
According to a statement issued on Friday by the Ag. Force Public Relations Officer, Abuja, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), the dress code was unveiled at the IGP’s meeting with Strategic Police Managers on March 3, 2022.
The statement 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 an increased inclusion of female folks.
“This therefore brings the need to guarantee inclusion, gender mainstreaming, ethnic and religious diversity in the work place for optimum output and professionalism.
“This has informed the improvement for effective global workforce diversity management.”
Other countries that have adopted same dress code, the statement said, included Canada, the United States of America, Sweden, Turkey, Australia and the United Kingdom amongst others.
It added “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 Inspector-General of Police noted that this development, which is in line with international best practices addresses the growing concern for gender mainstreaming and respect for culture and diversity,” it stated.