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    Namibia: Prison Officers Banned from Visible Tattoos Linked to Criminal Gangs

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    Windhoek, Namibia – (African Boulevard News) – Namibia has banned prison officers from having tattoos on visible parts of their bodies, according to a report by Africanews. The decision has been made to safeguard the image of prisons, as some tattoos worn by officers have been linked to criminal gangs.

    Prison officers in Namibia will no longer be allowed to have tattoos on their faces, necks, arms, and legs. Those who already have tattoos on visible parts of their bodies will have to cover them when on duty. The ban reportedly includes tattoos that may be considered offensive or racist.

    The Namibian Prison Service issued a statement explaining the decision. “We want to maintain the professional image of our officers. Tattoos have been associated with certain criminal gangs, so we want to ensure that our officers are not linked to such groups.”

    The statement further explained that officers with tattoos will still be allowed to work, as long as they cover them up. However, any officer found to have tattoos that are gang-related or offensive will face disciplinary action.

    The decision has been met with mixed reactions. While some have praised the move, others believe it infringes on the personal rights of prison officers. Tobias Bofelo, a human rights activist, said, “While we understand the need to maintain a professional image, we must also respect the rights of individuals to express themselves through their appearance. Tattoos are a form of self-expression, and banning them seems extreme.”

    The Namibian Prison Service has not indicated whether the ban will extend to other professions in the public sector. However, the move is in line with similar bans in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, where the police force has a strict policy on tattoos.

    The ban on tattoos for Namibian prison officers is a sign of the growing concerns about gang activity in the country. In recent years, there has been an increase in violent crimes, with some of them linked to gangs. The government has launched several initiatives to combat the issue, including tougher sentencing for gang-related crimes.

    In conclusion, the Namibian Prison Service has banned officers from having visible tattoos in an effort to safeguard the professional image of the prisons. While the decision has been met with mixed reactions, it is a sign of the government’s commitment to address gang-related crimes in the country.

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