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    UK - Police ban Sikh's wearing turbans from having guns to shoot people with

    Sikh turbans banned from armed police operations



    Pc Gurmeal Singh was ordered to remove his turban for riot training

    Sikh police officers who wear turbans cannot join firearms teams, following a ruling from the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo).

    Officers can choose instead to wear a smaller head covering known as a patka, which will fit under a helmet.

    The Acpo guidance follows consultations with the Home Office and a range of police associations representing Sikhs.

    In 2009, a tribunal awarded 10,000 to a Sikh officer who was ordered to remove his turban during riot training.

    The British Sikh Police Association asked for a clarification from Acpo following the award, and proposed a "ballistic turban" that would provide head protection.

    Acpo opted against the ballistic turban approach but said the idea was worth "future exploration".

    'No discrimination'

    "The police service has a legal duty to consider the health and safety of staff at work and provide appropriate personal protective equipment to staff who are placed in high risk situations," said Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes, Acpo's head of uniformed operations.

    As a result, Sikh officers will only be permitted to engage in armed operations if they remove their turbans or wear the smaller patka head covering to permit the use of a helmet for protection.

    Chief Constable Hughes said that wearing a patka was "a matter of choice for the police officer", adding that "Sikh officers who wear a turban will not be discriminated against if they choose not to perform firearms or higher-level public order duties".

    'Treated with fairness'

    Gurpal Virdi, office co-ordinator for the Metropolitan Police Sikh Association, welcomed the clarification.

    "Supervising officers had no idea how to deal with Sikh officers before; there was no guidance," he told BBC News.

    "Some Sikh officers were being discriminated against, especially in rural constabularies.

    "The guidance now makes clear how Sikh officers should be treated with fairness."


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    well done, it has been a long time since people wearing a tullband have won any war...there must be reason for that lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Officers can choose instead to wear a smaller head
    Like this?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Sikh officers who wear a turban will not be discriminated against if they choose not to perform firearms or higher-level public order duties
    Do white policemen have the option to not perform firearm duties ?

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    Well done. Toss and bullshit. They can pursue their turban wearing nonsense in their own free time. Same goes for mecca related bus timetable interference and anyone who thinks the minutiae of their religious observance comes before either the law or their employment contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    a "ballistic turban"
    Is that a turban which can be discharged during a riot or perhaps just an angry turban???

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    The turbans can't have guns?

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    wonder if the fia would allow sikh f1 drivers.
    probably aerodynamic issues anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    wonder if the fia would allow sikh f1 drivers.
    probably aerodynamic issues anyway.
    Hasn't effected their abilities on motorcycles though, the law of 1976 still applies in the UK.
    Found this in 'Sikhiwiki'... really...

    Turban, UK Legislation Regarding its use by Sikhs - SikhiWiki, free Sikh encyclopedia.

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