Saturday, 10 September 2016

Police to allow women wear Burka as uniforms


In a bid to increase BME( black and minority ethnic) staff from 9 to 30% the West Midlands Police has revealed its new plans.



Mirror gathered that at a recent meeting officers discussed moves to allow traditional Islamic dress for Muslim female officers uniform to encourage employment of officers who wear the burka into the force.

Chief Constable, David Thompson stressed that there is need to consider different rules and cultural sensitivity. He further stated that as it stands they have not had any approaches from potential recruits asking to wear the burka, but if such an approach was made it is something we would have to consider."

The force has already approved hijab-wearing officers and currently allows Sikhs to replace their helmet with a turban.

The hijab - a headscarf covering the head and neck but leaving the face clear - was approved after being requested by a number of Muslim women.

The Metropolitan Police introduced it a decade ago and the hijab is now successfully integrated into several forces across the UK - most recently in Scotland.

Currently no serving officers wear the burka - a dress that covers the entirety of a woman's face and body, leaving just the eyes visible - but it is hoped the move would encourage more BME recruits.

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