HPD rolls out tougher policy on cops with tattoosUPDATED 8:08 PM HST Jun 27, 2014Video Transcript
LESS INK... or possibly NO JOB. On Tuesday, the Honolulu Police Department's tougher policy on tattoos -- goes into effect. It's NOT an easy transition -- for a workplace FILLED with INK. Nor is it turning out to be easy -- for OTHER industries taking a harder stance on what employees put on their SKIN. It's all new tonight at 6. 32-36 48-53 54-59 110-118 Beautiful -- but for some -- soon to be prohibited. It took minutes -- to find one example after another -- of what more employers are now saying is NOT OK. 1209-12 All these cops running around are getting tattooed. They love it. On Tuesday, the Honolulu Police Department's stricter policy on tattoos goes into effect. We talked to some officers who say they're dreading the long-sleeve shirts and pants -- in order to cover up -- especially as summer arrives. Chris Danley -- owner of Ironside Tattoo in Chinatown -- says soldiers and law enforcement make up a big chunk of his business. 1030-35 You can't have a whole police department and the people in this industry tattooed and then they say 'we don't like this.' 1316-22 It's an owl and it represents new beginnings. One Hawaiian Airlines employee says her employer's been cracking down. Her new chest tattoo -- possibly a violation. 1957-03 Hawaiian airlines, the private sector, some private companies. They don't want to see any tattoos. Tattoo removal expert Dr. Woody Chung says he seen an uptick in officer clients -- along with teachers, restaurant workers, firefighters and POTENTIAL employees. 2155-58 I'm going for an interview, I need this off right now. STANDUP: We talked to the head of SHOPO, the union that represents police officers. He says they're taking a wait and see approach. He says they're accepting the policy for now, but are prepared to take action if they feel officers' rights are violated. In April, The U.S. Army's beefed-up policy went into effect. Similar to HPD's: Nothing above the neck or on the hands -- everything else -- covered up. But service members inked BEFORE April WILL be allowed to keep those tattoos. An exception NOT given to officers -- as they prepare -- to cover up. 1515 To some people I feel really bad. Officers ARE allowed to use MAKEUP to cover their tattoos. We talked to some who say -- they're waiting to see if TURTLENECKS will be approved -- because they still have tattoos on their necks. SHOPO's "Tenari Maafala" says -- it'd be premature to file any grievances -- but IF the policy is UNFAIRLY affecting wages, hours, or working conditions -- the union would consider that.