This is further to other reports of female police workers, including a senior officer, donning muslim head-scarves when entering Mosques and other sensitive Muslim areas in Avon and Somerset, last week.
The move was part of a police initiative dubbed “In Your Shoes” taking place in the city of Sheffield.
But it has attracted strong criticism from all quarters.
Matthew Elliott, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “This is an absurd diversion from real policing. People want the police out catching criminals, not indulging in politically correct gimmicks. The police are overstretched as it is without officers being paid to do other things than their real job.”
Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, said: “This has nothing to do with crime, Like most people who have been a victim of crime, I am amazed and flabbergasted that they have solved all the crimes so they can spend a day playing dressing-up games. I did not know it was the job of police to see how people feel. I thought it was their job to solve crimes. This is a fantastic demonstration that for the last 10 years the British police have been having an institutional nervous breakdown. They do not know what their job or their role is.”
The clothes-swapping day took place earlier this year in Sheffield town centre and followed a similar event in Barnsley.
The officers wore brightly-coloured traditional Muslim outfits and a full-length black jilbab plus a niqab, which covers the face leaving slits for eyes.
Sergeant Deb Leonard, who wore some of the clothing, described her experience in a South Yorkshire Police in-house magazine.
She said: “I have gained an appreciation and understanding of what Muslim females experience when they walk out in public in clothing appropriate to their beliefs. We are keen to gain a better understanding of issues which our communities face.”
No one from South Yorkshire Police was available to comment.
They’re probably too embarrassed by the whole situation.
In old fashioned British reasoning and common sense can I turn the arguement around and ask;
Whatever happened to taking the citizenship test (to qualify for British citizenship)?
Whatever happened to learning English or basic skills for refugees, immigrants or prospective applicants for British citizenship?
Whatever happened to basic common courtesy just to show some gratitude to your new homeland?
Why do we keep on pandering to these people?