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NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Police Department has revised its tattoo policy, according to the Fraternal Order of Police.

Under the new policy tattoos will be allowed on the upper arm above the crook of the elbow, even if it's visible below the shirt sleeve. Below the crook of the elbow, a single tattoo that doesn't exceed 2 1/2 inches to 4 1/2 inches can be allowed on each arm.

Tattoos on the head, face and neck are still banned, as are vulgar, offensive and political designs.

'While this is not a complete removal of the tattoo policy, it should allow many officers now forced to wear long-sleeved uniform shirts or other covering to return to the normal short-sleeved NOPD shirts for the remainder of the summer and beyond,'reads a statement from the Fraternal Order of Police.

The Fraternal Order of Police says the new policy should be officially released 'in the coming days.'

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