Mirra­booka cop in TV de­but

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

SE­NIOR Con­sta­ble Zen Kas­sim, the only WA Po­lice of­fi­cer to wear a hi­jab on duty, is urg­ing peo­ple from all mul­ti­cul­tural back­grounds to “em­brace” each other.

The 49-year-old grand­mother works in the statewide mul­ti­cul­tural unit, which will be show­cased in SBS’s Be­hind the Blue Line doc­u­men­tary on June 13 at 8.30pm.

In the doc­u­men­tary, the unit, led by In­spec­tor Don Emanuel-Smith, holds daily oper­a­tions in Mirra­booka, home to 62 dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties and 102 spo­ken lan­guages.

Sen. Con­sta­ble Kas­sim, who has been with WA Po­lice since 2008 af­ter serv­ing as an of­fi­cer in Singapore for 18 years, hoped the doc­u­men­tary would be a good learn­ing curve for peo­ple na­tion­wide.

“It is an eye-opener for me; Mirra­booka has got the largest num­ber of peo­ple from cul­tural back­grounds and na­tion­al­i­ties liv­ing there,” she said.

“I thought that it would be good to get my col­leagues and team in­volved be­cause I work for an agency and we work as a team and not an in­di­vid­ual per­son.

“I am hop­ing that ev­ery­one can em­brace each other, it does not mat­ter from which back­ground, cul­ture or re­li­gion.”

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have asked why she wears a hi­jab and whether it was al­lowed, but most re­sponses were very pos­i­tive.

“Of course there are some neg­a­tive ones but the way I ap­proach it is with pos­i­tive re­sponse and ed­u­ca­tion,” Sen. Con­sta­ble Kass­min said.

“There is no re­gret be­cause I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate what WA Po­lice have done and the way they ap­praise mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism.

“The hi­jab is ac­tu­ally part of our uni­form pol­icy now.

“So if there is a Mus­lim woman that wants to wear a hi­jab, they are more wel­come to wear it be­cause it is part of our uni­form pol­icy.

“Now I am back to the mul­ti­cul­tural unit do­ing it full-time. I think the agency is go­ing places and even our bosses un­der­stand the rea­son why we are do­ing this and what pos­i­tive out­comes we have achieved so far.”

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Zen Kas­sim and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jamie Thom­son.

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