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Arbitrator Overturns Chicago PD’s Ban On Tattoos

Lodge 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police represents police officers in the Chicago Police Department. Prior to 2015, the Department had no policy banning the display of visible tattoos. Neither Lodge 7 nor the City had ever raised the topic of tattoo regulation during bargaining. On June 8, 2015, the Department issued a revised “Personal Appearance, Uniform/Citizen’s Dress and Equipment” Policy. Among other things, the new Policy regulates…

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Judge : Chicago Officers Must Cover Up Tattoos

CHICAGO, IL – A Chicago police officer’s tattoo is a form of personal expression that might be misinterpreted by the public, a federal judge said, tossing out the legal complaint of three officers who argued they shouldn’t have to cover up their ink while on the job. U.S. District Court Judge Charles P. Kocoras chose one of America’s most controversial symbols to bolster his argument, the Chicago Sun-Times is…

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Chicago Cops Sue Over Police Department’s Tattoo Ban

CHICAGO, IL – To Chicago Police Officer Daniel Medici, the tattoo on his body — a halo and wings honoring fellow Marines who didn’t make it home from Iraq — is sacred. So he filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging a new departmental rule that forces all cops to cover up their ink, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. He’s not alone. Chicago Police Officers Dennis Leet and John Kukielka,…

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Q&A Podcast #1, Tattoo Policy, Garrity Rights

In this podcast, Will answers questions dealing with tattoo policies and whether a Garrity-protected statement made by an employee can be used in the prosecution of another employee. Download audio file (Right click, select “Save As”) Use this link to play on iPhones and iPads Subscribe to LRIS Q&A by email Subscribe on iTunes

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NY Times Story On Phoenix PD Tattoo Policy

PHOENIX, AZ &#8211 Police department tattoo policy is a hot topic right now. The New York Times recently ran an article on the Phoenix PD’s new policy on tattoos. Because of the intense Arizona heat, Phoenix police officers won’t be required to completely cover their tattoos as they are in many other departments. Starting August 28, officers will not be allowed to show tattoos or body markings on their…

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Tattoo You

The issue of tattoos and police officers is a contentious one and not just here in the United States. The police union chief in Kent, England says that officers should be allowed to show tattoos while on duty. Ian Pointon, chairman of the Kent Police Federation, believes that tattoos can be an “icebreaker” when dealing with younger people. “Frontline officers with tattoos have said to me when they talk…

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Q & A

From California Question: Do you have any information on department policies regarding tattoos, brandings and piercings being visible while an officer is on duty? Answer: We know of no cases on the issue. We are aware that many departments have required that officers cover tattoos while on duty. We do think it clear that such orders are enforceable. The real debate is whether a department’s orders can extend into…

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