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  • does char/meck PD have a required hair cut?

    I've been wondering this for a while. I see a lot of guys with crew cuts and shaved heads but i'm not sure if its required...
    anyone know?
    John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

  • #2
    I am new to the department and just starting training but I have looked over many of the directives that the CMPD has in place some of the vets of the department might be able to help you out a little more but I am giving it to you from the CMPD Directives Personal Appearance 300-010 effective 12Aug05

    PROCEDURES

    A. Hair Styles

    1. All male officers will conform to the following standards of appearance.
    a. Hair on top of the head will be neatly groomed. The length/bulk of the hair
    will not be excessive or present a ragged or extreme appearance. When
    combed, the hair may extend 1/4 inch below the top of the ears and may
    not touch the shirt collar in back. An Afro hairstyle will be worn no more
    than 1 1/2 inches thick at any point on the head. In all cases, the bulk or
    length of the hair will not interfere with the normal wear of the uniform hat.

    b. Sideburns will not extend below the earlobe and will at no point be more
    than 1 1/2 inches wide. Sideburns will not exceed 1/2 inch in bulk, will not
    flare, and will be trimmed horizontally across the bottom.

    c. Officers will be clean-shaven, however, mustaches are permitted.
    Mustaches will be neatly trimmed and will not exceed more than 1/2 inch
    beyond the corners of the mouth, they will not extend more than ¼ inch
    below the corners of the mouth. Mustaches will be professional and neat
    in length and appearance, and will not cover the upper lip.

    d. Beards, goatees, or other growth of hair below the lower lip will not be
    permitted. Exception: Sworn personnel must present a medical excuse
    from a physician that facial hair should be worn. The medical excuse must
    provide the reason for facial hair wear and if possible the duration. The
    excuse will be forwarded through the employee’s chain of command and a copy of the excuse will be placed in the Human Resources Division in the
    employee’s personnel file.

    2. Hair color and styles for all male employees, sworn or civilian, must be of a
    natural hair color, tasteful, and in keeping with the professional image of the
    Police Department. Male employees will not wear hair accessories while on duty or in uniform.

    3. All uniformed female officers will conform to the following standards of
    appearance.

    a. Female officers in uniform will wear their hair in modest styles that do not
    extend below the bottom of the shirt collar in back.

    b. Hair that extends below the bottom of the collar must be worn pinned up in
    a neat manner. While worn pinned up, no part of the hair will extend
    below the bottom of the shirt collar. If it is worn up and begins to become
    disheveled, it must be put up again or worn down, meeting the length
    regulations. Hair accessories must be functional, not ornamental, and are
    restricted to the following:

    (1) Dark blue or black ribbons or terry-covered rubber bands.
    (2) Silver, gold, black, dark blue or dark brown barrettes or clips.
    (3) Black, white, dark blue or dark brown head bands.
    (4) All other accessories are restricted to black, white, dark blue or
    dark brown in color.

    c. No accessory may have decorations on it and each accessory may be
    only one color.

    d. In all cases, the bulk, length, or style in which the hair is worn will not
    interfere with the normal wear of the uniform hat.

    4. All hairstyles, hair colors and accessories for all police employees must be
    tasteful and in keeping with the professional image of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

    B. Accessories and Makeup

    1. Officers are expected to realize that any jewelry worn while on duty may be
    damaged, lost, or could cause injury to the officer. In order to maintain the
    professional image of the Department, jewelry or make-up must be worn in
    moderation so as not to draw undue attention to the officer and is subject to the following guidelines.

    a. Officers may wear no more than one ring per hand. For the purposes of
    this policy, a wedding band and an accompanying ring will be considered
    as one ring.

    b. Male officers may not wear earrings. (Exceptions are noted in section IIIC-
    1 of this directive.) Female officers may wear no more than one earring
    per ear and it must be worn in the lobe of the ear. Pierced earrings must
    have a small post. Hoop or pendant style earrings may not be worn.
    Earrings must be ball, disc or solitaire with the following restrictions:

    (1) Ball earrings may be gold, silver, or white (pearl) in color and no
    larger than 6 mm.

    (2) Disc earrings may be gold or silver in color and no larger than 12
    mm.

    (3) Solitaire earrings may be any gemstone or their facsimile and no
    larger than 1/2 karat.

    c. Officers in uniform will not wear visible neck chains or necklaces.

    (1) Male police officers in plainclothes positions will wear no visible
    neck chains or necklaces.

    (2) Female plainclothes officers may wear neck chains or necklaces
    that are consistent with professional business attire.

    d. Officers will not wear bracelets, other than medic alert, while in uniform.

    e. Female officers may wear makeup in moderation and in such a manner
    that does not create an extreme appearance. Additionally, officers will
    adhere to the following guidelines.

    (1) Eyeliner will not extend beyond the outline of the eye.

    (2) Lipstick will not extend beyond the lip line or corners of the mouth.

    f. Male officers will not wear makeup.

    g. Female officers may wear nail polish that is tasteful and professional and
    does not present an extreme appearance. Male officers will not wear nail
    polish of any type.

    h. Sunglasses worn on duty will be restricted to those with black, brown,
    silver, gold, or tortoise shell frames, and must have non-reflective lenses.

    (1) No sunglass straps will be allowed.

    Exception: Bicycle patrol units may wear sunglass straps to prevent
    loss or damage while in motion.

    i. Personnel requesting a change in departmental approved equipment,
    uniforms, or items worn on uniforms shall complete a “Uniform and
    Equipment Request and Review Form” and forward it up the requesting
    officer’s chain of command. Their chain of command will indicate approval
    or disapproval, but shall not stop the request from coming before the
    Uniform and Equipment Committee. The Uniform and Equipment
    Committee will research, discuss, and approve or disapprove all items
    submitted for review. Items approved by the Uniform and Equipment
    Committee will be presented to Executive Staff and the Chief of Police for
    final approval.

    C. Exceptions

    1. Officers of the Department on special assignment, where their dress and
    hairstyle must be conducive to the nature of the assignment and clientele dealt with, are exempt from this policy for the duration of the assignment. For the purpose of this directive, the appropriate service area/group deputy chief will determine what constitutes a special assignment within the meaning and intent of this exception.

    2. Police recruits are governed by the Police Academy Rules and Regulations
    regarding personal appearance.

    IV. REFERENCES
    400-001 Uniforms
    400-003 Equipment
    CALEA 53.1 01

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    • #3
      To be hardcore, you gotta look hardcore and live hardcore!

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      • #4
        boy that sure does answer my question! thanks for all the info fortdrum!

        -donald
        John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

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        • #5
          Anytime no problem let know if you need anything else.

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