22 September 2016

Leicestershire Police bosses would consider including the burka in the uniform

Leicestershire's chief constable and its police and crime commissioner have said they would both consider Muslim officers' wishes to wear full Islamic dress while on duty.

The controversial topic was brought to public attention last week when West Midlands Police said it would allow female officers to wear a full-face veil, after it launched a recruitment drive to increase diversity.

The news drew criticism from a number of public figures and organisations, including MP David Davies, who worked as a police officer in London for nine years.

He was reportedly "horrified" by the suggestion.

However, the county's top cop Simon Cole and PCC boss Lord Willy Bach have been more open.

They said if a member of the force asked to incorporate the burka into their uniform their request would be considered. [The Leicester Mercury] Read more