One of the largest police forces in the UK was today mocked after saying it would consider letting Muslim officers wear burkas in an attempt to boost ‘diversity.’ West Midlands Police said it will discuss allowing the misogynistic Islamic attire – which covers the entirety of a woman’s face and body – to become part of Muslim female officers’ uniform.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Phil B) At a recent meeting, Chief Constable David Thompson, said he would consider employing staff who wear a burka as he looks to increase minority ethnic (Muslim) officers in the region to 30 per cent.
But today, even the Muslim Council of Britain said they would be against female officers wearing full-face burkas or niqabs. The organization said they would find it ‘very surprising’ if the force allowed full-face coverings to be used.
Not even policewomen in Iraq and Iran wear a face-covering burqa:
A spokesman said: ‘In the media the term burka is used to describe the full face covering but the veil with the slit for the eyes is actually the niqab. ‘The burka is actually the full gown which goes from shoulder to ankle with the face remaining clear.
‘It would be very surprising if West Midlands Police were in favour of full-face coverings. ‘The actual percentage of women wearing a niqab is very, very small and the women who do would probably not want to be in the police.’
And a source at West Midlands Police even criticized the idea of female officers wearing full-face veils, adding it would be ‘mad’. They said: ‘Apart from anything else there is the health and safety issue. ‘How could you possibly have an officer pursuing a suspect down the street while wearing a burka over their face? It is frankly a mad idea.
‘I think the Chief Constable was probably trying to be politically correct because if he’d said outright no to burkas then he would have come in for some stick as well.’ West Midlands Police has already approved hijab-wearing officers. The hijab – a headbag covering the head and neck but leaving the face clear – was approved after being requested by a number of Muslim women.
Currently no serving officers wear the burka – which leaves the eyes barely visible – but it is hoped the move would encourage more BME recruits.
Speaking after a meeting last Thursday, Chief Constable Thompson said: ‘We would need to consider our own rules and cultural sensitivity. ‘Clearly we don’t have any barriers relating to the burka. (Why not?)
‘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.’
Sales manager Neil Dixon, 34, from Edgbaston, Birmingham, said: ‘The idea of police officers walking around in burkas is so wrong, it would be political correctness gone way too far.
But how would you tell the police from the bandits, considering burqas have become the favorite new disguise for criminals, and not just Muslim criminals. Last year, a burka-clad gang, who carried out a £1.5million heist at Selfridges in London (below)
Labour councillor Diane Donaldson, who represents the Hodge Hill ward in Birmingham, said: ‘I am in favour of allowing women to wear their burkas during service. ‘It’s not going to stop them carrying out their job properly.’ (It isn’t? They can’t even move in that cumbersome bodybag, let alone see)
Labour councillor Sybil Spence, who represents the Soho ward, said: ‘When it comes to dressing, it’s about feeling comfortable. (Yeah, who cares about the safety of the taxpaying public as long as you have diversity?)
Don’t be smug, Americans, Minnesotastan already allows Muslim policewomen to wear headbags. Could the burqa uniform be far behind?