Officers Told to Cover Up

by on Aug.04, 2010, under News, Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on August 4, 2010

I was surprised to see that this story is coming out of liberal minded state like Colorado who has recently become an example of a state responsibly handling the business of medical marijuana.

Police officers located in Aurora Colorado have recently been mandated to either get their tattoos removed or keep them covered up while on duty.  Officers affected by this new regulation are not too happy and feel that if anything, their tattoos were an icebreaker and conversation starter with the citizens of Aurora.   The officers have been given the option of buying long sleeved uniforms, makeup kits or a pair of slide-on half sleeves.

According to the authorities that came up with this brainstorm, the regulation was put in place because some people find them offensive and distracting.  Although, these same people state that NO documented complaints have ever been made regarding the Aurora Police Department.  The powers that be also said the tattoos were intimidating!  The department wants to portray more of a professional appearance to the public.Current officers with the department feel that the department is barking up the wrong tree.  The tattoos make them more approachable.  Officers feel that it helps to open doors with gang members and other young people they are trying to communicate with. They feel the department could be focusing on other more important topics like fitness standards.  These days when tattoos are accepted in so many circles, it’s hard to understand anyone going in the opposite direction and adapting policies like this.

Since tattoo removal can be very costly, most officers are covering up for now.  Sounds like a step backwards to me.  I’d be more likely to start a conversation with an officer sporting some ink than one that wasn’t.

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cheap designer baby clothes August 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm

That’s crazy!! What difference does a tattoo make to their actual ability? Anyone with half a brain will realise this!! Makes you wonder what kind of morons are thinking up these rules!! You’d think they’d have more important things to be doing!!

thomas g July 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Colorado isn’t exactly a “liberal minded” place, Denver is but the rest isn’t. For the most part we like to keep it that way. I have tons of tattoos and have been turned down from a lot of departments because of them. I don’t get offended by it at all, if that’s not what they are looking for then why would I want to be employed by them? I wouldn’t be mad at Hooters for not hiring me, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to get pissed off at the Police department. However if you want police employment in Colorado, there are a ton of departments that don’t really care about body art. Well tattoos, piercings are still a no go.

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