New tattoo rule has some Md. police officers steamed

By Heather Rawlyk
The Annapolis Capital

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. Under a new policy instituted last week, Anne Arundel County police officers are being required to cover up tattoos while on duty.

That means even on hot days such as today, an officer with tattoos on his arms or neck is required to wear long sleeves and a turtle neck.

On June 22, county police were given a memorandum stating that sworn officers, civilian volunteers, animal control and bike patrols, among other staff, are required to cover all tattoos, body art and "body mutilation" while representing the police department.

O'Brien Atkinson, the Fraternal Order of Police union representative, said he would file a grievance with police Chief James Teare this morning.

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