Mixed reactions to Gwent police tattoo cover-up comment
10:20am Monday 11th February 2013 in News
COMMENTS by Gwent’s new Police and Crime Commissioner, claiming police should not display tattoos on duty, have provoked mixed responses from Argus readers.
On Thursday we reported on PCC Ian Johnston’s comments, in which he claimed it was “wholly inappropriate” for officers to have tattoos on showwhile on duty.
Many Argus readers reacted angrily to Mr Johnston’s opinions, criticising his priorities and questioning his reading of public opinion.
Last week, Mr Johnston, 60, said: “It gives totally the wrong impression. Somebody with a tattoo which covers the whole of their arm, it doesn’t reassure the public that the police officer is on their side. If they decide to have this, while they’re on duty they should cover it up.”
The comments sparked mixed reaction on the Argus’ comments section, with most people highly critical.
Maud123 said: “I don’t think that anyone would be bothered if a policeman had a tattoo or not if they had just been attacked or burgled!”
Gareth said: “When it comes to factors that would bolster my confidence in the police, first on my list would be ‘seeing them’. ‘A tattoo on display’ is pretty much down there with ‘shiny shoes’.”
Katie said: “Must say, I can’t see why a police officer having a tattoo or not would have any effect on confidence in their abilities.”
But some of you agreed with Mr Johnston.
Woodgnome said: “He’s right. The Met Commissioner has also proposed this. Police should command respect across all society – and most older folks are unimpressed with body art.”
Cwmderi said: “It appears that many people do not care how police officers present themselves, as long as they are seen policing our streets.
I for one do not agree with that view. Standards of appearance are very important for our police.”