Where Muslims object, officers will be obliged to use sniffer dogs only in exceptional cases. Where dogs are used, they will have to wear bootees with rubber soles. “We are trying to ensure that police forces are aware of sensitivities that people can have with the dogs to make sure they are not going against any religious or cultural element within people’s homes.Once again, this is almost certainly driven by professional agitators, and not by the vast majority of muslims. Even an imam is baffled, and would like to see a bit of common sense applied:
It is being addressed and forces are working towards doing it,” Acpo said.
Ibrahim Mogra, one of Britain’s leading imams, said the measures were unnecessary: “In Islamic law the dog is not regarded as impure, only its saliva is. Most Islamic schools of law agree on that. If security measures require to send a dog into a house, then it has to be done. I think Acpo needs to consult better and more widely.More common sense there from Mr Mogra than in a hundred ACPO diversity briefings.
“I know in the Muslim community there is a hang-up against dogs, but this is cultural. Also, we know the British like dogs; we Muslims should do our bit to change our attitudes.”
Although the bit about saliva was a worry. Some policy wonk will be considering bibs for the dogs now...!