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Police Commissioner has no problem with female officers having dreadlocks: male officers a different story

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2021. 7:53 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Police Commissioner Chester Williams says that he has no problem with the Supreme Court ruling handed down today, which declared the police department’s ban on female officers having dreadlocks unconstitutional.

Williams explained today that he has no problem in general with females wearing natural hair to work in a professional setting, but notes that there are some practical concerns for hairstyles such as dreadlocks for law enforcement personnel.

“Like for example, a police going to arrest someone. You don’t want to have your hair in a style that the person you may go to arrest may use your hair as a weapon against you,” Willaims said.

He also noted that, since the seven female officers took the matter to court back in 2019, they have all remained on the job and some of them have even been promoted despite their dreadlocks.

In contrast, Williams said that the policy on hair has been revised and is “extremely clear” about what is expected of male officers in terms of their hairstyle.

“So, once it is that you enter the department knowing that you are supposed to maintain a low haircut, we don’t expect that you’ll accept coming in knowing the situation and then later on you come and you want to change it to suit you. I don’t think that the court is going to countenance that.”

 

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