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Statement about police officers wearing the burka

09/09/2016

Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: “We would need to consider our own rules and cultural sensitivity. 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.”

West Midlands Police has announced the recruitment of around 800 new police officers. 

Around 30 per cent of the West Midlands community are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds (BME) while 9 per cent of West Midlands’ 7,000 police officers are from the BME community.

Mr Thompson added: “What’s important here is that we reflect the community we serve. We’ve already taken significant steps with a third of our current recruits from BME backgrounds but there’s far more to be done.”