No Religious Symbols for Dutch Police

13 July 2011


A spokesperson for the Dutch Minister of Justice has clarified that in line with a 2008 ‘police lifestyle neutrality’ code of conduct, officers may not wear flashy accessories or religious symbols. In addition to signs of religious expression such as a cross on a chain, visible tattoos, Mohawk hairstyles and ostentatious earrings are also banned. The spokesperson noted the ban is in effect because ‘police should be seen as being there for everyone’.