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Nelson Police Officer Wearing Turban

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Constable Jagmohan Malhi from Nelson has become the first serving operational New Zealand Police officer to wear a turban as part of his ordinary police uniform.

Constable Malhi is a Sikh and has been stationed at Nelson for almost three years. The Sikh faith requires adherents to cover their head with a turban or patka at all times, including while on duty. The New Zealand Police turban is dark blue with the Police crest at the front but does not have the black and white police dicing. The New Zealand Police turban is available to replace the more common forage cap for Sikh police officers.

"We are delighted that we have been able to help one of our officers to nurture his religious and cultural beliefs" said Nelson Bays Area Commander, Inspector Brian McGurk. "It is also a reflection of the fact that the New Zealand Police is becoming a more diverse organisation as we become more representative of the communities with we work alongside."

There has been consultation between Constable Malhi, his line supervisors and local police managers as well as the Police Uniform Standards Coordinator at Police National Headquarters, the Police Ethnic Responsiveness Coordinator and members of the Sikh community in New Zealand. Earlier this year the Police Executive approved the inaugural New Zealand Police turban. The availability of a New Zealand Police turban brings the New Zealand Police into line with many other overseas police and uniformed services where Sikh officers commonly wear a turban.

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