Uniformed police must hide tattoos

HONOLULU (AP) — A new Honolulu Police Department policy is requiring uniformed officers to cover up their tattoos.

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HONOLULU (AP) — A new Honolulu Police Department policy is requiring uniformed officers to cover up their tattoos.

Chief Louis Kealoha said about 20 percent of the force’s officers have visible tattoos. He said it was a difficult decision that generated mixed reaction.

The chief said there’s a trend among police departments nationwide to require uniformed officers to hide their tattoos.

Kealoha, who himself has tattoos, said the policy is about improving the department’s professional image.

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Officers will have to use long-sleeved uniforms to cover arm tattoos and makeup for tattoos on their necks or hands.

The policy goes into effect July 1.