Dutch MPs Oppose Headscarf Proposal for Amsterdam Police


Dutch MPs Oppose Headscarf Proposal for Amsterdam Police
  1. Dutch MPs Oppose Headscarf Proposal for Amsterdam Police
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    Dutch lawmakers have voiced opposition to a proposal by Amsterdam's top police official to consider allowing female Muslim agents to wear headscarves, Dutch media reported…
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Dutch lawmakers have voiced opposition to a proposal by Amsterdam's top police official to consider allowing female Muslim agents to wear headscarves, Dutch media reported Friday.

At least six major political parties are against plans from Commissioner Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg to introduce Islamic headscarves to women's uniforms as part of a recruitment drive to diversify law enforcement in the Dutch capital.

Aalbersberg on Thursday said he wanted to boost multiculturalism among Amsterdam's police, saying he wanted at least half of all new recruits in the tourist hotspot to come from a non-Dutch background.

His proposal also included allowing police officers to wear religious symbols such as crosses, Jewish yarmulkes or Islamic headscarves.

"Amsterdam's population is changing in terms of its make-up. It has to be debated," he told the daily tabloid Algemeen Dagblad in an interview.

Aalbersberg said 52 percent of Amsterdam's residents were from a non-Dutch background, but that was not reflected in the composition of the city's police force, in which only 18 percent of officers have more diverse roots.

Major political parties however including the Liberal VVD party -- which won the most seats during March elections -- the progressive D66 and left-wing Socialist Party are against the idea, the daily tabloid De Telegraaf said.

Dutch police in 2011 adopted a code of conduct that bars the wearing of any religious symbols "as it does not fit in with the neutrality of the police."

"It's important for a police officer to project an image of neutrality for his or her authority and safety," outgoing Safety and Justice…

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