The UK is also competing for the gold medal in the Progressive Olympics. Taking it a step further than Canada, which is already allowing its “Mounties” to wear hijabs on duty, the West Midlands Police force is considering allowing female officers to wear the burka as part of their uniform. It is unclear whether the burka will include the full face veil.
The police force is trying to increase its percentage of “black and minority officers”, which evidently takes priority over safety and security. Europe is reeling after several jihad knife attacks on police officers, but not to worry, diversity is more important!
“British police force says it may allow female officers to wear burkas as part of uniform”, by Sam Dean, Telegraph, September 9, 2016:
A British police force has said it may allow Muslim officers to wear burkas in an attempt to boost diversity in its force.
West Midlands Police said they have “no barriers” relating to the burka – which covers the face as well as the body – as they announced that they would discuss allowing the traditional Islamic dress to become part of a policewoman’s uniform.
Chief Constable David Thompson said he would look into employing officers who wear the burka if the issue arose, as the force tries to increase the percentage of black and minority ethnic (BME) officers in the region to 30 per cent.
It is believed that West Midlands Police are the first force to consider allowing the burka.
The Metropolitan Police approved the hijab – which does not cover the face – as uniform a decade ago, while Police Scotland announced last month that the hijab had become an optional part of their force uniform.
“We would need to consider our own rules and cultural sensitivity,” said Mr Thompson. “We don’t have any barriers relating to the burka.
“As it stands we 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.
“Serving the people of the West Midlands is at the heart of what we do and I would need to carefully consider anything that could be seen as standing in the way of that relationship.”
The College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs’ Council said it was down to each police force to determine the make-up of its officers’ uniform….