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West Yorkshire Police officers now allowed to display arm tattoos

West Yorkshire Police officers now allowed to display arm tattoos

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 7:31am 25th August 2019.

The force have reversed a ban, following 18 months of lobbying by the Police Federation.

  • Arm tattoos can now be displayed by officers while on duty, as long as they're not offensive.
  • The Police Federation called the previous ban 'bizarre and unfair', but have welcomed the U-turn.
  • Until now, only small non-prominent tattoos on the neck or hands were allowed to be on show.

Police officers in West Yorkshire can now display arm tattoos while on duty.

The force have overturned their previous ban, following lobbying from the Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers.

Up until now, only small and non-prominent tattoos on necks and hands were permitted to be shown.

The Police Federation described the previous policy as 'bizarre and unfair', but have thanked force bosses for listening to officers and lifting the ban.

West Yorkshire Police Federation General Secretary, Guy King, said:

“It has taken some considerable time and effort, but the force has agreed to change the policy on tattoos. They have listened to the case, and from today, West Yorkshire Police Officers can now show openly show their tattoos.

“This brings West Yorkshire in line with what is accepted in most other forces around the country.

“The decision to change the policy comes after continued pressure from the Federation over the last 18 months and we have long argued that the policy was bizarre and unfair, as small and non-prominent tattoos on the hands and neck were allowed to be shown but all others must be covered.

“It brings us in line with what is widely accepted within society at large and reflects the modern, diverse workforce we have, and I’d like to thank CC Robins and his command team for listening to officers.”

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