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INK IN THE POLICE FORCE

So we’ve talked about tattoos in the workplace before, but that was mainly offices and stores. However, I saw an article on the news this weekend that really triggered my interest…

A police force in South Yorkshire are insisting that any applicants must share photos of their tattoos with their applications. Apparently having tattoos won’t prevent them from actually getting the job, but they have strict guidelines on what they will and won’t accept.

So, of course they won’t accept any offensive ink, understandable. But, they also wouldn’t accept anyone into their police force that has tattoos on their neck, head or hands. They also won’t allow any facial or tongue piercings.

This still baffles me. WHY NOT?

They are essentially saying that if you have ink that is visible to the public, you are not able to conduct the correct duties of a police officer by protecting people and property. It may just be me, but I don’t see how this prevents a person from carrying out this work.

I guess it all stems from ‘people find tattoos scary and offensive’. People with tattoos are not intimidating. If you think they are, don’t you feel just slightly like you’re judging a book by it’s cover?

Sure, some people who are horrible may have tattoos. But I can assure you that it is 100% not the ink that has gone onto their skin that has made them this way.

I do also the South Yorkshire police are almost contradicting themselves too in this article. They say you can’t have any face, neck or hands tattoos, but then also say that any other tattoos on your arms must be covered up whilst in uniform. So essentially, you are not permitted to show or have any tattoos or piercings to be in the police force.

I personally don’t understand how employers are still getting away with rules like this. It’s called self-expression people!

Please let me know your thoughts on this…

Cara – @dots.and.dreams

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