Seriously now. It's discrimination dammit!
Police force blows £100,000 on failed search to find a helmet to cover Sikh officer's turban
By David Wilkes
Last updated at 10:58 AM on 16th June 2008
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The police respirator suit used by the counter-terrorist Operational Support Unit
A police force spent £100,000 on a failed attempt to find protective headgear that fits over Sikh officers' turbans.
West Midlands Police started its search after one Sikh constable decided he wanted to join the counter-terrorist Operational Support Unit.
The man, thought to be in his mid-20s, was refused a place because he was unable to fit the necessary helmet and respirator over his turban and beard, both of which are requirements for strict adherents to his faith. According to a police source, the unnamed constable claimed he was being discriminated against and was then assigned the task - while on full pay - of sourcing new equipment that would fit.
A few weeks later he is said to have gone on long-term sick leave suffering from stress. The source, who estimated the total cost of the failed project, including the officer's wages, at £100,000, said: 'This was a shocking waste of taxpayers' cash.'