Metropolitan Police Officers and staff told not to get any more visible tattoos and to formally register the ones they already have.
Officers and staff of the Metropolitan Police have been banned from getting visible tattoos on the grounds that they damage the professional image of the force. Visible tattoos have been defined as tattoos that cannot be covered by everyday clothing, such as those on the face or hands, or above the collar line. All other tattoos must be covered.
The measures come after the Met office reviewed its standards of appearance with a view to promoting consistency. Employees will now not only be banned from getting any visible tattoos but must also register the details of any existing visible tattoos before 12 November 2012. A failure to do so is liable to be considered to be gross misconduct.
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