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Tattoo and piercing 'ban' for police in strict dress code

Tattooed woman Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption Multiple earrings, unnatural colour hair, tattoos which may cause offence - no-nos for officers now

No offensive tattoos, no nose studs, no decorative earrings, no unnaturally coloured hair.... welcome to the new uniform code for Dyfed-Powys Police.

The requirements have been introduced in a bid to ensure the public has confidence and respect for officers.

They will also be expected to be clean-shaven, although neatly trimmed facial hair will be allowed, to wear hats at all times and not chew gum.

Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon welcomed the move.

The dress code includes:

  • Standard uniform dress of black shirts for officers and blue for PCSOs
  • Patrolling officers wearing helmets or hats for PCSOs
  • Black, clean and polished footwear
  • Neat and tidy hair, not shaved into motifs or dyed a "conspicuously unnatural colour"
  • Clean shaven - neat beards, moustaches and sideburns allowed
  • No nose, tongue or multiple ear studs, or decorative earrings
  • No tattoos that "cause offence to the public"
  • No officers chewing gum on duty when in public view

The uniform code has been drawn up by chief officers to clarify standards required for dress and appearance.

However religious and cultural requirements would be accommodated as far as possible, the force said.

Chief Constable Simon Prince said: "Public confidence in the officers and staff of Dyfed-Powys Police will be enhanced by presenting a smart and professional image.

"The wearing of uniform to a consistently high standard across the force area portrays a confident and credible image to the public and the communities that we serve."

Mr Salmon added: "Uniforms give confidence and self-respect. This policy will help give the public officers who engender that confidence, credibility and respect."

Image copyright Dyfed Powys Police
Image caption Neat brown hair, no additional piercings, no visible tattoos, hat on - this officer passes the test

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