UK: As the war on terror is ongoing and troops are still fighting in Afghanistan because the Taliban is a bunch of radical Muslim nutters, who among other radical stuff force their women to wear burka - which for sane people is an obvious breach of women's right - a police force could become the first in the country - which still has soldiers abroad fighting the radicals who force women to wear the burka - to allow officers to wear the full-face Islamic veil, also called a burka or burqa.
It comes after it launched a recruitment drive to increase diversity, the British newspaper Telegraph reports.
West Midlands Police said it has “no barriers” relating to the burka 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.
The move was last night criticised by MPs, including David Davies, who worked as a police officer in London for nine years and told the Telegraph he is “horrified” by the suggestion.
The hijab - which does not cover the face - has been approved as uniform by the Metropolitan Police and Police Scotland, but it is believed West Midlands is the first force to consider allowing officers to wear full-face burkas or niqabs.
“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."
A spokesman from West Midlands Police confirmed Mr Thompson was referring to full-face veils.
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