Alberta city police must hide tattoos

Tattoo ban policy must be taken on case-by-case basis: Lawyer
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/09/2012

Whether it be the name of a loved one, a Chinese symbol or a full arm sleeve, police officers in Medicine Hat, Alta., are required to keep their tattoos under wraps.

In August, the Medicine Hat Police Service upheld a policy requiring officers to cover up any tattoos while on duty, according to Andy McGrogan, the city’s police chief. The policy, first implemented in 2008, was recently challenged by an officer who wanted to display his body art while on the job.

So, the 115-officer police force decided to survey community members to see if they would be comfortable if the policy was amended.