Jul 29 2009
How about dropping the requirement that female officers wear Muslim headscarves before entering a mosque?
Scotland Yard today caved in and lifted a ban against officers wearing Union Flag badges in support of British troops.
Met Chiefs had decreed that the tiny emblems – which cost £1 with proceeds going to charity – must be removed after a complaint that they are offensive. (ONLY OFFENSIVE TO MUSLIMS) But furious junior officers continued to wear them in defiance of the ban and a petition was launched on the Downing Street website demanding it be lifted.The badges are sold to raise funds for the Royal British Legion and the Help for Heroes charity.
The row started last month when 200 officers at Heathrow Airport were banned from wearing them because they were in breach of the Met’s strict dress code. Peter Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, had branded the decision ‘nothing less than shameful’. Mr Smyth said: ‘From what I can gather, someone (MUSLIM) may have complained that the Union Flag is offensive. I find that hard to believe. We take the oath to serve the Queen and these badges are for a charitable cause.’ Met Chief Sir Paul Stephenson stepped in to calm the row. He ruled officers should be allowed to show their support for soldiers fighting for our country and that the rules should be relaxed.
‘The Met has a dress code policy which states that only approved corporate badging may be used. However, on this occasion, the Commissioner has decided to intervene in terms of officers wearing Union Jack badges,’ a spokesman said.
Mr Smyth said senior officers routinely turn a blind eye to constables wearing gay pride ribbons when they go on marches.