JUST when we thought that efforts to pander to Muslim “sensitivities” had reached the limits of madness in the UK, along comes another bloody daft initiative, this time from the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
The force, according to The Times, has begun equipping its female officers with uniform issue hijabs to wear when they enter a mosque.
What next? Burquas?
The Â£13 headscarves are embroidered with the West Country force’s name and logo, and come in two colours â€” black for police officers and blue for community support officers. A spokeswoman insisted that they were not intended purely to cater for Muslim cultural sensibilities but were multi-faith.
They are designed to be used in any place of worship and can be used to cover the head or the shoulders. For example, plain clothes officers could use them to cover their shoulders in a Catholic Church, or they can be used to cover the head in synagogues.
What the name of sanity are police HATS, if not head coverings?
The scarves were developed in a joint project with the Aklima Initiative, which focuses on working Muslim women, and the Mosque Initiative – both Islamic groups.
The scheme is believed to be a first for the British police.
The Metropolitan Police, the largest and most diverse UK force, said that it issued headscarves to its Muslim female officers but not to non-Muslim officers. A Met Police spokeswoman said:
We have had these scarves for Muslim female officers for some time, but as far as officers going into mosques – if it was appropriate for them to wear a scarf they would do that. But I don’t think there are any plans to issue 15,000-odd officers with a headscarf.
Jackie Roberts, Assistant Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset, modelled the black headcovering for reporters arranging its folds with the help of PCSO Nora Ndiaye, who modelled the blue version. They are among 15 women officers to have received the head coverings so far.
Ms Roberts said that the scarves were intended to respect the cultural and religious practices of local communities.
This is a very positive addition to the Avon and Somerset uniform and one which I’m sure will be a welcome item for many of our officers.
Rashad Azami, imam and director of the Bath Islamic Society, said he was pleased with the move.
Of course, he is. Muslims love groveling displays of dhimmitude.
This will go a long way in encouraging a trustful relationship between the police and the Muslim community.
Can we now expect rozzers to be issued with hoodies in order to “encourage a trusting relationship between the police and the yob community”?