Police women dress code approved in line with best practices

By Cosmas Omegoh

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has approved a new and improved a dress code for women officers which permits them to wear stud earrings, and headscarf under their berets or peak caps as the case may be while in uniform. The dress code was unveiled at the IGP’s meeting with Strategic Police Managers on March 3, 2022.

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According to acting Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, 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.”


He noted that “other countries that have adopted same dress code include Canada, the United States of America, Sweden, Turkey, Australia and the United Kingdom amongst others.”

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He noted that “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.”

According to Adejobi, “the Inspector-General of Police noted that this development, which is in line with international best practice, addresses the growing concern for gender mainstreaming and respect for culture and diversity.”