November 23, 2020 13:05
People with tattoos will no longer be barred from becoming police officers in Korea as long as their tattoos are not openly visible in uniform.
The National Police Agency announced the decision on Sunday. Until now, candidates were disqualified based on the purpose and size of their tattoos, but from now on their content and area of exposure will be decisive.
Tattoos had long been associated organized crime in Korea, but now that they have become fashionable among young people from all walks of life, the police felt a change was needed.
But people with tattoos depicting violence, sexually explicit images, racial, political or religious bias or glorification of crime will still be disqualified.
Between 2014 to 2017, only 15 candidates were disqualified because of their tattoos.
The NPA will sound out public opinion on the issue until Dec. 3 and apply the revised rules next year.
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