PublicationsTattoo talk - have your say
If you have received a Police Federation survey on the touchy topic of non-offensive tattoos, please complete and return it.
With one in three young adults in England and Wales now sporting a tattoo, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) is pushing for consistency. It wants to be sure:
- Anyone with a (non-offensive) tattoo which cannot be covered will still be considered for entry into the service;
- Officers can display their tattoos while on duty and not be forced into wearing long sleeved tops regardless of the weather.
Leicestershire Police Federation chairman Tiff Lynch says: "A common sense and up to date approach is required - which will help us get the best talent into the service, and ensure we reflect the society we serve."
PFEW sent out a survey to 11,800 members at random and is looking for as many responses as possible to build an evidence base. A survey with the general public is also planned.
Vicki Martin,who is leading the initiative for PFEW, says: "We are encouraging officers to share photographs of their tattoos - with a proviso to keep them clean - with the hashtag #FedINK. I would like to reassure you that I've had a fantastic response to this work, and it particularly resonates with officers younger in service."