Senior Constable Maha Sukkar – Victoria’s first hijabi Police officer

Senior Constable Maha Sukkar – Victoria’s first hijabi Police officer

Victoria’s first policewoman to be wear a hijab on duty has revealed the challenges she faces being a Muslim on the frontline amid the heightened threat of terrorism.

Maha Sukkar made history in November 2004 as the first Victorian police officer to be allowed to wear a traditional Muslim head-covering with her uniform.  Almost 13 years after graduating from the police academy, the 42-year-old senior constable says there are still challenges being a minority in the force.

‘I see challenges, in this day in age, is when we have to keep explaining to people who we are, what we do,’ she said in a video for the Islamic Council of Victoria.

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