Australian police officer reveals challenges being a Muslim on duty

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

  • Maha Sukkar became the first Muslim police officer to wear a hijab in late 2004
  • The Lebanese-born senior constable says being a minority is still a challenge
  • The 42-year-old officer says she has to keep explaining who she is and her job

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