Gulf Daily News (Bahrain), Aug. 12, 2002
LONDON: London’s Metropolitan Police said yesterday that non-Christian officers and traffic wardens who object to wearing the force’s traditional insignia which boasts a crown with a Christian cross will be offered a crown-free alternative.
“We do not want the traditional insignia to exclude ethnic minorities or religions,” a spokesman at Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the capital’s police force, said.
The move is understood to be in response to a Muslim traffic warden employed by the Metropolitan police who last year quit the force after only one month in the job over the issue of wearing a Christian cross.
Earlier this year the capital’s police force, the country’s oldest and largest, said it might recruit up to 7,000 police officers from abroad in a bid to boost numbers to 35,000.