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The Hill
December 29, 2016

The New York City Police Department says its Sikh officers can now wear full turbans and beards of up to half and inch long.

“We want to make the NYPD as diverse as possible, and I think this is going to go a long way to help us with that,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said Wednesday, according to CNN.

“It’s a major change to our uniform policy, so we had to go about it carefully. And now I have the opportunity to make the change, and I thought it was about time that we did that.”

Wearing a turban and keeping a beard or unshorn hair is a religious practice maintained by Sikhs, who call the spiritual expression “kesh.”

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