Police in the West Midlands have decided to allow Muslim women officers to wear a burka in the name of diversity. In a recent announcement, they are looking for ways to implement the traditional Islamic dress code. David Thompson, the chief Constable announced that he will be hiring black and minority ethnic officers and increase their numbers to about 30% of the police force.
In line with the cultural sensitivities, the burka-clad officers will be roaming the streets of London sooner than later. David admitted that till now no request for Burka arose from the staff but if it was made the administration would be willing to consider the option.
Hijab wearing cops are now allowed in the force and also Sikhs employed with the police do not need to wear helmets but can adorn their turbans. The decision to allow Hijab was taken after consultation with the Muslim women officers. Metropolitan Police introduced the dress about 10 years ago and since then it has been successfully absorbed into the force.
At present no officer is wearing a burka in the force but with a current option in force, many women might come forward with the request. It will encourage more recruits from the minority population to join the police force.
Recently, the administration has advertised 1100 posts for the security personals attracting more than 6000 applications. Allowing Burka in the force is probably going too far and might create law and order problems. It will be ridiculous if the accused is not able to see the face of the accuser and instead would be staring at the two eyes. The endeavor by the Midlands police is novel but with new poll insisting that majority of people want burka banned could make it a futile operation. In fact, it might invite severe blowback from the general population.