PSP have 6 months to remove racist or extremist tattoos

in News · 02-10-2020 01:00:00 · 3 Comments

New rules are aimed at bringing uniform rules in line with racism policies.

PSP police agents have been told that they have six months to remove any tattoo that contains symbols, words or drawings of an extremist or racist nature or which encourage violence, according to Public Security Police (PSP) regulation.

These rules were implemented based on a code relating to presentation and the wearing a uniform for agents of PSP, rules which have not been updated for 12 years and now forbid officers from having tattoos with extremist or racist content and which also covers earrings, bracelets and rings.

An order on the “norms related to the presentation and wearing of a uniform”, published on 23 September, states that these types of tattoos are prohibited “on any part of the body” and the professionals must have them removed within 180 days.

The Police have given no estimate on how many officers might be affected by the new rules.


Removing the tattoo doesn’t remove the racism. It just makes it more difficult to know who is racist.

By Virginia Carrington from Beiras on 07-10-2020 09:47

Goodness knows why people need to disfigure themselves by having tattoos. They should be banned entirely, racist or not. In my experience, it is the most vulgar and uneducated sort of person who usually wears them, people with low self-esteem who need some sort of badge to give themselves a sense of belonging or identity.

By Billy Bissett from Porto on 02-10-2020 09:30

Surely it would be better to remove actual racists and extremists rather than just their tattoos?

By Sebastian from Alentejo on 02-10-2020 08:30
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