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US NewsPolice force REVERSES ban on officers showing their tattoos while on duty after 18-month campaign by union

11:10  24 august  2019
11:10  24 august  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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ban on officers showing their tattoos while on duty after 18 - month campaign by union West Yorkshire Police relaxed the rules after an 18 - month union campaign Policy states 'small and inoffensive' tattoos on necks and hands can be displayed A 'bizarre and unfair' policy that prevented on duty police officers from displaying their tattoos

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Police force REVERSES ban on officers showing their tattoos while on duty after 18-month campaign by union Police force REVERSES ban on officers showing their tattoos

A 'bizarre and unfair' policy that prevented on duty police officers from displaying their tattoos has been reversed after a lengthy union campaign.

West Yorkshire Police Federation said after 18 months of campaigning, the group has helped ease a rule that meant officers had to cover up their tattooed arms.

The federation revealed on Friday that West Yorkshire Police have relaxed the rule, meaning arm tattoos can now be shown.

The policy had stated only 'small, inoffensive and non-prominent' tattoos on necks and hands could be displayed.

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Police force REVERSES ban on officers showing their tattoos while on duty after 18-month campaign by union © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited West Yorkshire Police have relaxed rules that prevented on duty police officers from displaying their tattoos after an 18-month campaign by West Yorkshire Police Federation

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 openly show their tattoos.

'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.'

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A survey conducted by the federation last year showed 55% of 1,182 officers interviewed had a tattoo and more than 80% thought their colleagues should be able to display inoffensive tattoos on their arm while working.

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Mr Kind said: 'It brings us in line with what is widely accepted within society at large and reflects the modern, diverse work force we have.'

Last year, the Metropolitan Police scrapped rules preventing new recruits from having body art.

The change came after 10% of new applicants in 2017 were rejected because they had tattoos.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said at the time the move 'brings the Met into line with other services', adding: 'Many young people are ruling themselves out of joining us because of their tattoos.'

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