NYPD Permits Sikh Officers to Wear Turbans

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The NYPD announced on December 29th that they have made an official change to their dress code. Sikh officers are now permitted to wear full turbans as part of their New York Police Department uniform.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill announced, “We want to make the NYPD as diverse as possible, and I think this going to go a long way to help us with that.”


Sikh officers will need clearance to wear their head coverings with a religious exemption form signed by top department officials. If they get the signed exemption, they are permitted to wear the head dress as part of the official uniform.


There are currently 160 Sikh officers in the NYPD. From the standpoint of both police department and the public, this is the right move. Many of the communities these officers patrol are extremely diverse and feature Sikh’s amongs other religions and ethnicities. Seeing officers wearing the traditional head dress could be a good way to promote a more progressive mindset amongst the ranks of officers, in hopes of fostering good will between citizens and policemen