FPM: It was a banner day in Britain Monday, when the West Yorkshire Police unveiled, so to speak, a new uniform for female Muslim police officers, a uniform that, according to the Mailonline, is “designed not to show the female form.” No doubt Britons throughout the jurisdiction of the West Yorkshire Police feel safer already.
The West Yorkshire Police “hopes that the looser fit will result in more ethnic minority recruits.” Nor is this the beginning of Islamopandering with police uniforms: “Many forces already allow female officers to wear the hijab, or headscarf, but the new uniform is believed to be a UK first.”
West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams explained that the new uniform, “designed not to show the female form,” was “suggested by a Muslim female officer and was designed by our Clothing Manager in conjunction with the officer,” and involves a tunic that is “a looser and longer fit, and has full sleeves.”
Williams thinks this is a wonderful development, and hopes it will lead to a new dawning of diversity and multiculturalism on the Sceptered Isle: “I hope this uniform will encourage people from underrepresented groups to consider a career in policing if they had previously been put off joining the force due to the uniform. We are open to suggestions from all communities on how our uniform can be styled to better suit their needs.”
This new uniform comes after “West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel had quizzed police chiefs on Friday about what they were doing to boost the number of black and minority ethnic (BAME) recruits. Chief Constable Dee Collins said for some women, concerns about the existing uniform’s design could be preventing them from signing up.”