But many women continued to flout the official dress code, especially in the capital, Tehran, and other cities. On Sunday, Gen. Saeed Montazerolmahdi, a police spokesman, said the morality police would resume notifying and then detaining women not wearing hijab in public. In Tehran, the men and women of the morality police could be seen patrolling the streets in marked vans. The battle over the hijab became a powerful rallying cry last fall, with women playing a leading role in the protests. Several Iranian actresses were detained after appearing in public without the hijab or expressing support for the protests.