In the nation’s capital, visible ink doesn’t appear to be an issue for local cops.
The Ottawa Police Service policy states “while on duty or representing the OPS, no member shall display body art or tattoos that may be perceived to be offensive.” The policy includes “anything that may be interpreted as criminal or gang affiliation, contravene any section of the Ontario Human Rights Code, or be contrary to community expectations or standards,” said police spokesman Const. Marc Soucy.
Anything deemed offensive must be covered by OPS-issued clothing or equipment, or a method that’s approved by management.
So far, inked officers have been able to express themselves.
“Nothing’s come up at all,” said Ottawa Police Association president Steve Boucher.
“Quite honestly, I think the policy is broad enough and liberal enough to allow for interpretation,” said Boucher.
“If there ever is a dispute, it’s rather open to discussion.”