Earlier today, Superintendent Serpas signed a General Order amending standards that would exempt members from covering a single nominal tattoo on the arm that is visible below the elbow. Working with members of the Fraternal Order of Police, this compromise was viewed as a reasonable alternative to previous restrictions requiring the concealment of any visible tattoo.
The Superintendent said; “I would like to publically recognize and thank the FOP leadership for their valued collaboration on this project and I look forward to working with this organization in the future.”
The Crescent City Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police is pleased to acknowledge that as a result of ongoing discussions between the FOP and NOPD Superintendent Serpas, the NOPD will be amending its policy relative to visible tattoos. The new policy, which allows tattoos to the elbow and minimal tattoos on the lower arm to remain visible, will make policing in a hot climate a little more bearable.
The FOP is encouraged by this development and hopes it will be a sign of increased communication and cooperation between the NOPD administration and the officers who serve the City of New Orleans.
The Crescent City Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police represents 2,000 active and retired law enforcement officers in New Orleans, including 90% of all active New Orleans Police Department officers. The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police represents over 6,000 active and retired law enforcement officers in Louisiana and the Fraternal Order of Police represents over 325,000 law enforcement officers nationwide.