Muslim women are underrepresented in the police force throughout England. In effort to encourage Muslim women to join the force, a new uniform has been made in attempt to appeal to their cultural norms. The uniform is intended to satisfy the wardrobe expectations of women in the Muslim community.
“A police force has created a less revealing uniform for Muslim women which is ‘designed not to show the female form,’” Daily Mail reports. “West Yorkshire Police hopes that the looser fit will result in more ethnic minority recruits.”
“The tunic is a looser and longer fit, and has full sleeves,” which will do well to cover skin from showing on an officers arms. The new uniform “was suggested by a Muslim female officer” and has “been well-received from officers in the force.”
Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams suggests, “I hope this uniform will encourage people from underrepresented groups to consider a career if they had previously been put off joining the force due to the uniform.”
Wardrobe changes to various police forces have already been enacted throughout England. Daily Mail reports that in many cases, “forces already allow female officers to wear the hijab, or headscarf.”