Met scraps badge for Muslim officers

Daily Telegraph (England), Aug. 14, 2002

Police chiefs have scrapped plans to allow officers to wear an alternative badge if they object on religious grounds to a traditional crown and cross insignia.

The proposal, which would have allowed Muslim officers and those of other religions to wear a crownless emblem, sparked objections from traditionalists and monarchists.

Sir John Stevens, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, ditched the plan after “informal consultation” with the Metropolitan Police Authority, the Metropolitan Police Federation and the Superintendents’ Association.

The star-shaped police badge, topped with the Crown of St Edward, has been worn by generations of police officers. The idea of providing an alternative followed a legal action by a Muslim traffic warden employed by the Met.

M’Hammed Azzaoui, a 38-year-old Moroccan, said he could not wear the symbol of another faith and started an employment tribunal claim for race discrimination last year which he later dropped.

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