West Midlands Police would consider allowing Muslim women officers to wear a burka, the Chief Constable has revealed.

It comes as the force prepares to deploy its first hijab-wearing officers as part of a drive to increase the number of staff from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds.

So far, more than 6,000 people have applied for 1,100 new jobs with the force – just a week after the recruitment drive was announced.

Chief Constable David Thompson said WMP had taken on a small number of Muslim women who have said they want to wear the hijab – a headscarf that covers the head and neck but leaves the face clear – in its latest wave of recruits.

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