US Muslim woman receives other offers after quitting police academy over hijab – including one from Edmonton

If the Columbus Police Division doesn’t change its policy banning head scarves for female Muslim officers, Ismahan Isse might have a couple of options outside Ohio.

The Edmonton Police Service in Alberta, Canada, has reached out to Isse, the 29-year-old Somali-American who said she dropped out of the Columbus police academy this year because she was prohibited from wearing her head scarf, or hijab.

The Dispatch wrote about Isse last week, and Staff Sgt. Mark Farnell, an Edmonton police recruiter, read about her dilemma online.

He said Edmonton police designed a uniform for Muslim women that includes the head scarf.

“She really wanted to be a police officer,” Farnell said. “Why not touch base (and) see if she is interested in coming to Canada and take a look?

“She’s a great potential applicant to us.”

Edmonton has a growing Somali community and is looking to update its police force to better reflect the city’s diversity, Farnell said. It currently has no Somali police officers.

Isse said she spoke to Farnell on Friday.

“I’m actually considering (the offer) strongly,” she said…

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