Three women police officers spent a day in full Muslim dress as part of a scheme to improve community understanding.
Photo: ROSS PARRY
Two sergeants and a community support officer dressed in head-to-foot burkhas and other traditional clothing and went out shopping.
Meanwhile a group of Muslim women were invited into police cells, a CCTV control room and shown other daily duties of a police officer.
The move was part of a police initiative dubbed "In Your Shoes" taking place in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
But it has attracted strong criticism from onlookers.
Matthew Elliott, of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: "This is an absurd diversion from real policing.