Telegraph.co.uk, 9/9/16, “British police force says it may allow female officers to wear burkas as part of uniform” [Excerpts]:
A police force could …allow officers to wear the full-face veil after it launched a recruitment drive to increase diversity.
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 percent.
The move was 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 burka is a symbol of oppression for women and not something that a modern police force should be supporting.”