NOPD relaxes tattoo policy

The NOPD is relaxing its controversial policy for officers with tattoos.

The policy that went into effect in November required officers to conceal visible tattoos, including those on the neck and arms.

The Fraternal Order of Police said the revised policy will allow tattoos above the elbow, even if they're visible from the bottom of a short-sleeved shirt. A single tattoo on each lower arm will be allowed, as long as it's smaller than a three-by-five index card.

The NOPD will still ban tattoos on the head, face and neck, and those considered offensive or political.

Opponents have argued that more people are getting tattoos and the crackdown will prevent quality candidates from applying to join the force.

Supporters say it will lead to a more professional look for the department.

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