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New Chicago Policy: No Visible Tattoos, No Ball Caps

June 09, 2015  | 

Chicago police officers will be required to cover their tattoos while working, according to a new directive issued this week.

"Tattoos and body brandings will not be visible while on duty or representing the department, whether in uniform, conservative business attire, or casual dress," the memo states.

The hands, face, neck and other areas not covered by clothing must be covered with "matching skin tone adhesive bandage or tattoo cover-up tape," the Chicago Tribune reports.

The order was issued Monday and is effective Friday. It also does away with knit caps and baseball caps as uniform items.

Comments (7)

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HRPufnstuf @ 6/9/2015 3:38 PM

Yeah, that will stop all the killings, now won't it? You think the criminals care?

KevCopAz @ 6/9/2015 4:29 PM

Well, first I agree that we (Police) have gone way to far in allowing tats on cops, especially in un from. Some look more thuggish then the thugs they arrest. Secondly all departments should have the rule where all tattoos are not allowed to be visible while in uniform or detective attire. We are professionals and need to loom that way. BUT, I came from Chicago, the watch caps don't look real professional but its way cold there and they should be allowed to wear the caps. I have never thought baseball caps (other then SWAT) were professional looking and there really is not a need for them as there is for warm watch caps. Now the real issue, why is the department so concerned about these few things while the city floats in blood? Shootings & killing running wild. Lets do police work and then worry about these rules, even if they make sense.

Sgt. Mike @ 6/10/2015 10:06 AM

No knit caps?!? Looks like Chicago PD admin pogs forgot what a cold night on 3rd watch was like.

That policy is just inconsiderate to the working cop on the street.

Peter @ 6/10/2015 10:43 AM

Tattoos, OK a lot of departments are moving in that direction.

But "knit caps"... Excuse me, Commish - have you ever been to Chicago in the winter?!?!?!

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/10/2015 1:13 PM

The weather must have changed in Chicago. Apparently it does not drop below freezing anymore.

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/11/2015 2:00 PM

Hey guys, go to Wyoming and work. They still wear ball caps with the badge logo on them there. They look pretty darn good in them too.

132&Bush @ 6/11/2015 5:55 PM

Tattoos!!!!!!!! Seriously, Grandmothers have them now.

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