These days tattoos are as common as any other fashion accessories on one’s body. This tattoo culture is well-accepted in every corner of the world except a few countries like Japan. It’s not a taboo in major parts of the world. The culture is becoming more and more popular since its inception.
But I did not believe what I read recently about South African police wanted to ban visible tattoos on their police officers. The reason behind this big step is they feel that tattoos are threatening and offensive. This is unbelievable. This news is of the continent which is believed to be having a rich history of scar tattoos, where even age was not a bar to get that unbelievably painful scar tattoos. I don’t support scar tattoos here. That was thousands of years ago and beginning of this culture. If people still want to get that scar tattoos, I would say that would be really threatening. How is a visible ink going to be a problem?
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Let’s take a look at this new rule. According to this new policy of South African police, people who wish to join South African police must not have any visible tattoos on them. It also bans visible tattoos on already serving officer. I am glad that the policy is not finalized yet and is on hold until next year. All the points will be first discussed and consulted with the employees before implementation.
I think the current policy for having is perfect. According to that, any police officer is allowed to get tattoos on hands and arms as long as the design does not have any offensive symbols. It must not have any offensive language and nudity and it must not be done excessively. The main motive is that it must not harm the reputation of South African police at all. This policy has taken care of both police administration and the police officers who love tattoos.
But if the new policy finalizes, it will definitely going to affect the new recruitments very much and no doubt also to the officers who are already serving because there must be so many officers with and and arm tattoos as currently this is allowed.
Let’s see what changes they will have to make to this new policy to take care of both the administration and the officers. What is your take?