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Officers having tattoos removed to improve chances of promotion

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Greater Manchester Police officers in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, England. Author: Terry from UK.
Greater Manchester Police officers in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, England. Author: Terry from UK.

Police officers in the United Kingdom are getting their tattoos removed because officers with body art are being passed over for promotion.

Potential recruits are also having their tattoos removed because the police departments have started banning officers from having visible tattoos.

Author: kgberger.
Author: kgberger.

According to the Mirror, The Job, a magazine for London Police, ran advertisements this week offering discount tattoo removals. One of the advertisements said, “Tattoos holding you back? Laser removal could be your answer.”

Met Police
Met Police.

Three years ago, the London Metropolitan Police banned officers from having visible tattoos because high ranking officials said they damage the professional image of the department.

In 2013, a police department in Derbyshire, England turned away 18 applicants with visible tattoos.

Sean Wood, the owner of Woody’s tattoo parlor, believes that banning tattoos is outdated, and blames police bosses that are trying to be politically correct for the ban.

In the interview, Wood said, “You wouldn’t want to meet a police officer with something offensive tattooed across their forehead, but these days people go for arty pieces. One in five adults has one now.”

Author: Muffet.
Author: Muffet.

In addition to the ban on visible tattoos, the London Metropolitan Police prohibits officers from having offensive tattoos anywhere on their bodies. Some of the images banned include skulls, guns, and daggers.

Matthew Burns, a 29-year-old applicant, was turned down by a police department last month because he had tattoos of a skeleton and alien. The department said that they expect their officers to appear professional, smart, and approachable.

According to the London Metropolitan Police Department guidelines, “Tattoos on your hands, neck or face exclude you from joining the MPS.”

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