I have a friend who recently stopped working for the police after many years. She was in the process of telling me what police officers thought of ‘homophobia’ when I interjected and suggested that they thought it was all a bit silly, but she said, oh no, if you disagree with homosexuality, they think there’s something wrong with you.
But officers need to focus on basic policing and stop over-reacting to political correctness, the Chairman of a rank-and-file police group has said.
The article continues: Les Gray, from Strathclyde Police Federation, says: “It has got completely out of control and the police are as guilty as other services and parts of Government for that over-reaction.”
Mr Gray said: “We need to make sure we don’t cause offence, of course, but that should apply right across the board, regardless of people’s social or religious background.
“There’s a real danger that we go too far one way- we need to get back to basic policing and do all we can to avoid offending any sector of the community rather than focusing on particular groups.”
In August Strathclyde’s gay jobs fair was criticised by the Roman Catholic Church.
A spokesman said: “Many people will be puzzled that the police are targeting so specifically one section of the community.
“A person’s sexuality should not affect their suitability for police service, so it seems a little bizarre that such a special effort is being made to recruit homosexual people.”
The use of a puppy to advertise a telephone helpline by Tayside police in 2008 sparked anger from some Muslims.
Local Tayside Councillor Mohammed Asif said that the image of a puppy would not be welcomed by the area’s 3,000 strong Muslim community. Traditionally, Islam teaches that dogs are unclean animals.
The police force issued a swift apology, and investigated the possibility of pulling the postcards from circulation.
A spokesman for Tayside police said: “We did not seek advice from the force’s diversity adviser prior to publishing and distributing the postcards.
“That was an oversight and we apologise for any offence caused.”
A spokesman for the Scottish-Islamic Foundation said: “There isn’t any Islamic basis for taking issue with a simple picture of a little puppy.”