BBC Article The article talks about a police cartoon from some in-house publication which has caused a bit of a stir. It shows police officer removing their shoes before entering a mosque, whilst a gentleman in arab dress escapes out of the window with a bag labelled explosives. The caption is "Sensitive Policing". My question is this; disregarding the obvious harm done by the cartoon, what is the value of "sensitive" policing in this manner? Does treating those of different ethnicities/religions differently actually undermine efforts to include them in wider society? Yes, removing your shoes before entering a mosque shows cultural sensitivity, but it it also reinforces the idea that muslims are different, and get different treatment from law enforcement. I'm sure hard liners might rage at wearing shoes in the house of Allah, but surely moderate muslims would welcome the fact that they are actually being policed in an inclusive way - that they are treated as ordinary citizens. Nobody likes it when the police raid a religious establishment, but again, moderate muslims should regard this as a necessary part of their inclusion - if no one blows things up shouting "Allah hu akhbar", then no-one will be particularly prejudiced towards Islam. Police operations designed to target terrorists are part of this normalisation process. We take it as an article of faith that the police act on reasonable suspicions and good detective work - thats why we as a society accept their role, otherwise they are just people with an odd dress sense. For example, no-one complains when the house raided by police happens to be owned by, for example italians, if the police are investigating organised crime in the italian community. Muslims should be no different, they should accept the particular threat posed by the tiny minority of their so called co-religionists, and realise that police work is an integral part of reducing that threat. Surely a few televised raids are a small price to pay for the stopping of outrages like 7/7. In short, I think there is nothing more racist than "sensitive policing". Comments?