In 2020 NAMP conducted the first every NAMP survey across all Muslim members. The findings from this survey helped to identify three priority areas: Anti-Muslim Hatred, Counter Terrorism Terminology and the Prevent Programme and Muslim Representation in policing. Alongside these priorities NAMP have been working on several initiatives to increase Muslim inclusivity within the workplace.
Inclusivity in the workplace
NAMP are continuously working to make the police service a more inclusive environment for Muslims.
There are many Muslim networks in different police forces, supporting the needs of Muslim personnel. Below are some examples of the different initiatives we have delivered nationally and locally.
Prayer & ablution provisions
There are five prayers which are observed by Muslims on a daily basis. These prayers are an integral part of the Islamic faith and inevitably coincide with a working day. This is why it is important to have prayer and ablution facilities within the workplace, as it allows Muslims to perform daily prayers in line with Islamic practices. NAMP have worked with the College of Policing to develop prayer provisions guidance for police forces.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and has a duration of 29-30 days. This holy month is based on the lunar calendar and is a period when Muslims will fast, refraining from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset. This time fasting varies in accordance with daylight hours, therefore in summer months fasts can be as long as 20 hours. The act of fasting can have an impact on sleeping patterns and with this being a holy month a lot of time is dedicated to prayer. Workplace adjustments are encouraged to accommodate the needs of Muslims.
NAMP have worked with the College of Policing to develop Ramadan guidance for police forces.
Halal food provisions
Halal is an Arabic word which translates to mean "permissible" in English. This term has many uses but is often used to refer to Muslim dietary requirements. This mainly concerns different types of meat, food preparation and drink. This is particularly relevant for any events, courses or operational duties where food will be provided to Muslim officers or staff. NAMP are currently working on guidance in relation to these requirements, however there are some basic tips can can be considered to meet the needs of Muslims:
Always ask if anyone has any specific dietary requirements.
Display the Halal Certification symbol or labels where possible.
Provide vegetarian/vegan dishes as an option.
Read food labels carefully and regularly when purchasing or preparing food.
Uniform to meet religious needs
Hijab is a principle in Islam that refers to modesty. It is usually associated with the religious headscarf worn by Muslim women, however it can also apply generally to clothing worn by men as well as women. NAMP have been working on this uniform project to help meet the religious needs of our members. Several headscarf options are now available along with modesty tunics.
Other inclusive considerations
In addition to the above, NAMP have been working on several other initiatives to create a more inclusive environment for Muslims such as:
Mentoring and coaching for members.
Islamic awareness training.
#iaw2022 - Islam awareness week.
Muslim association flags flown at police stations.
Faith inclusive policies in police forces.