'A Police Officer is just that, simple and plain.'
Met Defends Muslim Officer Move
When a person becomes a Police Officer, personal feelings should not become involved in the job they do.
If a Christian Police Officer had asked to be excused from guarding an embassy of a Muslim country, based on moral grounds, you feel he would have been told to get on with his/her job, and rightly so.
A Police Officer is just that, simple and plain. When a person puts on that uniform, they are no longer a Muslim, a Christian, a woman, a man, a homosexual or a heterosexual but a Police Officer.
Imagine a Police Officer arrives at a incident, he notices that the shoplifter is actually a friend of his. He decides to let the man go, because he thinks it will hurt his conscience if he does not. Is this the right thing to do?
The answer is found in the words of Superintendent Dal Babu from the Association of Muslim Police Officers:
‘We're going down a very, very slippery slope if we then start having postings based on individual officers' conscience.’
Perhaps this should be a lesson to the Police as a whole, nothing they do goes without scrutiny, what seems to be a small, insignificant issue can escalate into front page headlines.
Big Brother, AKA The Media, is watching.