New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill hopes to encourage people to apply to the force (Image credit: AP)

New York's Sikh police officers to replace hats with turbans

New rules allowing Sikh police officers to wear turbans instead of traditional police hats have been introduced in New York, officials say.

The New York Police Department said the turbans must be navy blue and have the NYPD insignia attached.

Under the new rules, religious members of the force are also permitted to grow beards up to half-an-inch long.


Sikh officers have until now worn turbans under their caps. Beards have not been permitted.

New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said the change was to encourage religious members of the community to apply "to work in the greatest police department in the nation".

The Sikh Officers Association of the US thanked Mr O'Neill in a tweet, adding that it was a...Read more...