The outrage over the new uniform policy forces federal police officers to completely cover visible tattoos

The government has imposed a new uniform policy for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) that will force officers to cover any visible tattoo.

Officials of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) may soon be forced to wear gloves all day if the new government-issued uniform policy is approved.

The new policy requires officers to cover all visible tattoos, and although originally it was only intended for officers in uniform, it now also includes those who wear AFP badges, including laces.

Angela Smith, president of the Association of the Federal Police of Australia (AFPA), told Daily Mail Australia that there was no period of consultation with the AFP staff before the adoption of the new policy.

The government has imposed a new uniform policy for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) that will force officers to cover any visible tattoo.

The government has imposed a new uniform policy for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) that will force officers to cover any visible tattoo.

Instead, employees were simply sent an email stating that the policy would be effective as of September 1 of this year.

The previous policy of the AFP established that the members of the staff could have tattoos, as long as they were not considered offensive, and that they were not located in the hand, the scalp, the ears or the neck.

Angela Smith, president of the Association of the Federal Police of Australia (AFPA), told Daily Mail Australia that there was no period of consultation with the AFP staff before the adoption of the new policy.

Angela Smith, president of the Association of the Federal Police of Australia (AFPA), told Daily Mail Australia that there was no period of consultation with the AFP staff before the adoption of the new policy.

Angela Smith, president of the Association of the Federal Police of Australia (AFPA), told Daily Mail Australia that there was no period of consultation with the AFP staff before the adoption of the new policy.

"It was a common sense approach," Smith said.

But now, Smith has questioned what those with tattoos are supposed to do that are harder to hide.

& # 39; What about women who have a small tattoo behind their ear or limbs with tattoos on their hands, surely they may not need to wear gloves all day? & # 39; she said.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, an AFP spokesman said staff could choose how to hide their visible tattoos, as long as it does not interfere with their ability to perform their function.

"Common sense will prevail in the application of this policy and the exemptions considered on a case-by-case basis," the spokesperson said.

It is said that the policy change emerged as part of the government's attempt to ensure a "consistent approach to law enforcement in the entire portfolio of internal affairs."

& # 39;[The Home Affairs secretary] I had the vision that all members should be covered up, "Smith said.

However, an AFPA statement earlier this week said that "the justification for the policy change has not been clarified."

The previous policy of the AFP established that the members of the staff could have tattoos, as long as they were not considered offensive, and that they were not located in the hand, the scalp, the ears or the neck.

The previous policy of the AFP established that the members of the staff could have tattoos, as long as they were not considered offensive, and that they were not located in the hand, the scalp, the ears or the neck.

The previous policy of the AFP established that the members of the staff could have tattoos, as long as they were not considered offensive, and that they were not located in the hand, the scalp, the ears or the neck.

The statement stated that the AFPA does not support the change and said it was another example of the AFP deliberately looking for committed and intelligent employees, "and then treating them like fools."

"The amount of comments received by AFPA in relation to this topic has been extraordinary and shows us the depth of feeling among the members about what for many is a very personal change," said Smith.

"An important part of the comments has been from members without tattoos who remain concerned about the nature of the change and the circumstances in which it was imposed."

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has also imposed the same policy, but is supposedly reviewing employee comments.

His updated tattoo policy is expected to be included in broader changes to ABF's uniform policy to be launched next month.

An AFP spokesman told reporters that staff could choose how to cover their visible tattoos, as long as it does not interfere with their ability to play their role.

An AFP spokesman told reporters that staff could choose how to cover their visible tattoos, as long as it does not interfere with their ability to play their role.

An AFP spokesman told reporters that staff could choose how to cover their visible tattoos, as long as it does not interfere with their ability to play their role.

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