By Cosmas Omegoh
Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has approved a new and improved dress code for female officers which allows them to wear earrings and a headscarf under their berets or caps, as appropriate, while in uniform. The dress code was unveiled at the IGP’s meeting with strategic police officials on March 3, 2022.
According to Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force’s Acting Public Relations Officer, the IGP noted that the Nigerian police force has officers from every local government in the country with a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds, and increased inclusion of women. “This therefore implies the need to ensure inclusion, gender mainstreaming, ethnic and religious diversity in the workplace for optimum performance and professionalism. This has informed the improvement of effective management of the diversity of the global workforce.
He noted that “other countries that have adopted the same dress code include Canada, the United States of America, Sweden, Turkey, Australia and the United Kingdom, among others.”
He noted that “the dress code is optional and female police officers have been instructed by the IGP to ensure adherence to the approved standard for female police officers who have chosen to adopt the dress code.”
According to Adejobi, “the Inspector General of Police noted that this development, which is in line with international best practices, responds to the growing concern for gender mainstreaming and respect for culture and diversity” .