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Wednesday, 14 August, 2002, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Crown and cross stay on police badge
Police badge
Generations of officers have worn the badge
Plans to allow non-Christian officers to wear a badge without the traditional crown and cross insignia have been dropped by the Metropolitan Police.

Commissioner Sir John Stevens decided to abandon the plan after informal talks with other police groups.

The badge incorporates the St Edward's crown topped with a Christian cross.

But the London force had considered providing an alternative badge for officers who objected on religious grounds.

The Metropolitan Police badge
A tiny cross rests on top of the crown on the badge

The proposal followed an employment tribunal claim for race discrimination brought by a Muslim traffic warden.

M'Hammed Azzaoui had said he could not wear the symbol of another faith, but later dropped his claim.

It had been hoped the alternative badge would attract more officers from ethnic minorities.

But traditionalists attacked the scheme as "political correctness gone mad".

The groups consulted "informally" about the change included the Metropolitan Police Authority, the force's police federation and the Superintendents' Association.


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