NOPD Loosens Visible Tattoos Policy

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Police lightsNEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - In an effort to attract more potential police officers, New Orleans Superintendent Ronal Serpas relaxed the departments tattoo policy Thursday.

Serpas signed a General Order amending the standards that would exempt members from covering a single nominal tattoo on the arm below the elbow.

This compromised with the Fraternal Order of Police was viewed as a reasonable alternative to previous restrictions requiring the concealment of all visible tattoos.

“The new policy, which allows tattoos to the elbow and minimal tattoos on the lower arm to remain visible, will make policing in a hot climate a little more bearable,” the Crescent City Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police said in a release.

The FOP represents 2,000 active and retired law enforcement officers in New Orleans, including 90% of all active New Orleans Police Department officers.