NAVY blue hijabs, loose-fitting shirts and turbans emblazoned with the police logo will be part of a new range of West Australian police uniforms.
But the institution of religiously appropriate attire to attract to the ranks Muslims and Sikhs was lambasted yesterday by the police union and state Opposition.
Opposition police spokesman Rob Johnson asked if officers would also be permitted to interrupt their duties to pray to Mecca.
Victoria and Queensland police have already allowed culturally appropriate uniforms for Muslims and Sikhs on a case-by-case basis, but West Australian Police are the first to introduce blanket uniform exemptions to accommodate religious beliefs….
He said the move was aimed at increasing police numbers and targeting new recruits from a variety of backgrounds.
But West Australian Police Union spokesman Mike Dean said people of different cultural backgrounds should be required to meet uniform standards. “Special treatment for special groups brings difficulties,” he said.