Modest police uniform for female Muslim officers unveiled in an effort to recruit more officers from ethnic minorities
Pc Firzana Ahmed became the first woman to wear the new uniform and said that it has received 'positive feedback from the local community' in Bradford
West Yorkshire Police has reportedly created a more modest uniform for Muslim women which is "designed not to show the female form." Reports state that the police force came up with the looser fit of the uniform in an effort to encourage more ethnic minority recruits to apply for positions in the force.
Reports state that there are already several police forces which allow female police officers to wear the hijab, however, the new, less revealing uniform for women officers if a first for the United Kingdom (UK).
Talking about the new uniform, Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said, "For the last month we have been trialing a new uniform for women which is designed not to show the female form. The tunic is a looser and longer fit, and has full sleeves. This has been well-received from officers in the force and we have now made further supplies of this uniform for other officers to try it if they wish," the Daily Mail reported.
"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," Williams said.
Reports state that Pc Firzana Ahmed became the first woman to wear the new uniform kut and said that it has brought a "positive feedback from the local community" in Bradford.
The revised police uniforms came shortly after the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel had questioned police chiefs on Friday last week about what initiatives were they taking to increase the number of black and minority ethnic (BAME) recruits.
The Daily Mail reported, Chief Constable Dee Collins as saying that some concerns about the existing uniform design for female officers could be preventing some women from BAME communities from signing up.
While panel member Roger Grasby said that the police force has noted some success in increasing the number of staff who were disabled, female, LGBT, however, there has been less success with BAME members.
Reports state that the percentage of BAME recruits has increased from five% in 2015 to 5.6% this year. However, there are still some unaddressed concerns which is preventing candidates from joining the force.