West Yorkshire Police are trialling a new uniform for women that is “designed to not show the female form”.
It comprises a black tunic that goes underneath the officer’s regulation high visibility vest. The tunic is described as having a looser and longer fit, including full sleeves. In conjunction with local Imam’s and mosques the uniform has been declared ‘sharia complaint’.
West Yorkshire Police hope that the new uniform will encourage more women from more multicultural backgrounds to join with the force.
During the trial period the tunic has been worn by PC Firzana Ahmed, who is based in Bradford. She said she has received positive feedback from the local community and fellow officers.
Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams elaborated on the reasons behind making the changes:
I hope this uniform will encourage people from under-represented 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”