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    I'm currently a college student and up to recently never had any attentions of getting a tattoo, but lately have been thinking about getting one(and only one), that has a certain meaning to me. My question is, what are most departments regulations toward tattoos. I was going to get it on my upper arm so it should be covered by the sleeves. However, a little might be exposed when wearing short sleeves, so is that something that could hurt my chances of getting hired. If so, I will get it shorter, so that it is entirely covered by the sleeve. If that will still be a problem, I won't get one at all. I know things can very because I've seen episodes of "Cops" where the officers had tattoos one the lower half of the arms, and they were clearly visible.
    Thank You

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    I have a tattoo on my upper right arm, it's not visible at all, even with short sleeves.

    While I don't think you're going to find many PD's that even have a policy about tattoos, IMO any tattoo visible while in uniform looks extremely unprofessional. If everything else were equal, I'd go with the applicant that doesn't have ink all over his forearms.
    Talk sense to a fool, and he will call you foolish - Euripides

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    • #3
      Don't do it. Period.

      Not only does it look stupid after a few years, it is also one of the leading ways to contract hepatitis C.

      I know this for a fact because I was dumb enough to to get one when I was about 20 yrs old.

      It was a clean and reputable shop I went to, they opened the needle for the ink gun in front of me which they claimed was fresh out of the autoclave, wore gloves (for their protection, not yours) and used multiple ink wells just for me.

      14 years later, I tested positive for this virus which destroys your liver and it was tracked down to this one tattoo parlor by the type and substrain of the virus because over 100 other people had caught it from the same place.

      This virus makes any possibility of ever drinking alcohol nonexistent, and the treatment for this is incredibly painful, long (currently about 1 year long), and very hard (imagine giving yourself injections in the stomach three times a week for a year, ingesting about twenty different pills a day, throwing up all the time, chemical baldness, losing about 20-40 lbs, being so physically weak you can't walk a flight of stairs without passing out from the anemia that comes with this, and night sweats that drench the bed so bad you wake up and think you've had a water hose on all night). Also, catching hep a or b could now kill you much more easily since you have a comprimised system.

      And if you get married you get to have a wonderful sex life that includes condoms for the rest of your life with no oral sex as any possibility of bleeding gums or gum disease can transmit this orally. Having children is a risk because you have to have sex without a condom and you might infect her. If your wife has this, it can be passed to the unborn child. Just like HIV.

      There is NO cure for this but it can be put into remission (depending on the strain). This is where the virus is placed in a stage of non growth, and you have to be tested every year to ensure it is remaining dormant.

      There is NO SUCH THING as a clean tattoo shop no matter what anyone say. Once you open the skin you are making yourself available for infection in a place where it is very common/the norm for other peoples blood to be outside of their body.

      They can claim that they use sterilization practices, open packages right in front of you, autoclaves, individual ink wells, etc... if someone else is bleeding and you open yourself through the process in the same place, you are in great danger for infection.

      The only sterile place to trust is an operating room and think, how many people get sick in the hospital? Would you trust someone to basically cut you open with a needle several thousand times, someone who may or may not have any type of training in sterilization practices, is willing t do this for a couple of hundred bucks and could care less about you except that he gets his cash? Someone who works on various kinds of people all day long and into the evening, many of whom may or may not have the personal hygene of a chimp?

      Stats on Hep C: This is a virus that infects more people every year than HIV and is refered to as the silent killer, most people do not know they have it, and transmit it to their partners through micro/macro tears in the skin during sex and bleeding gums during oral sex.(man on woman/cunnilingus)

      Introvenous drug use is the third best way to catch it, with tattoos and sex being the first two. Stats include an average survival rate of 40 percent once it is caught, much less if never caught, and liver transplants aen't available for everyone.

      Most people find out they have it once the symptoms have started to affect them, which is about 15 to 20 years later on average. By then your liver has suffered fibrosis, has started cirrhosis, and the possibility of liver cancer is very possible. Use of drugs or alcohol at all allows this virus to advance much more rapidly.

      There have been major improvements in the treatment and now the injections are only once a week I think with the course of treatment down to 8 months but this depends upon the strain of this virus.

      Then, the tattoo starts to fade, droop, sag, (even on your arm, that's were mine is too) and you look at it in the mirror and wonder, what the hell was thinking?

      If you have any questions, pm me and I will be glad to share with you the horror I suffered for a year and how my life has changed, since I have no choice but to live a healthy lifestyle, can't drink, and have to get checked once a year to make sure it hasn't come back. All because of one tattoo.

      And as I am finding out right now, some PD's may not accept you if you catch this or they might let you go if you do. (physical danger to others, liability risk)

      Do a search online for Hep C and you will see that I am not BSing you at all.

      I hope I scared you because this is no joke, is a very real danger, and if you get a tattoo, there is a very great chance you could be infected.
      Last edited by ticketboy; 01-11-2005, 12:13 AM.

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      • #4
        From the looks of it on these boards I am all alone on wanting myself to be happy (IE: having the facial hair I want, wearing the clothes I want, having tattoos I want) rather than pleasing people who I am interviewing for. I believe in if they like me for who I am I respect them in return, if they don't, well I have a certain four letter word to say to them and a certain finger to show them. To me if I want to one day wear surfer clothes when I'm off duty and have a goatee and tattoos all over my chest and back than who cares as long as I conduct myself in a professional manor when I am on duty. Am I all alone on this or does anybody share this way of living?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jfoote85
          From the looks of it on these boards I am all alone on wanting myself to be happy (IE: having the facial hair I want, wearing the clothes I want, having tattoos I want) rather than pleasing people who I am interviewing for. I believe in if they like me for who I am I respect them in return, if they don't, well I have a certain four letter word to say to them and a certain finger to show them.
          That attitude works fine when chosing your friends, but not in the professional world.

          For better or worse, people that you deal with on the job (from the person who interviews you to your colleagues to the general public you will encounter daily) - will ALL judge you on your appearance.

          That's the way it is.

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          • #6
            ink

            I have a lot of tatoos and I think it is a personal choice. I like them some don't, When I have court I wear long sleeves. Te rest of the time they can be seen by everyone. I think a lot of old school guys think that it is unprofessional but I do not. I do not have any that would be considered rude or inappropriate. Oh well time to start on my back piece.
            Jim

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jfoote85
              From the looks of it on these boards I am all alone on wanting myself to be happy (IE: having the facial hair I want, wearing the clothes I want, having tattoos I want) rather than pleasing people who I am interviewing for. I believe in if they like me for who I am I respect them in return, if they don't, well I have a certain four letter word to say to them and a certain finger to show them. To me if I want to one day wear surfer clothes when I'm off duty and have a goatee and tattoos all over my chest and back than who cares as long as I conduct myself in a professional manor when I am on duty. Am I all alone on this or does anybody share this way of living?
              You can live your life however you want, but keep in mind that the attitude you have right now does not coincide with being a police officer. Sorry, that's just the way it is.

              If you want to march to your own drummer, there are always plenty of other applicants that will gladly drink the kool-aid and get the job.
              Talk sense to a fool, and he will call you foolish - Euripides

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              • #8
                I have a few tattoos once you get one it is hard to stop. My dept made me take pictures of them when I was getting hired and I guess they put them in my file I don
                "OBSTACLES ARE THOSE FRIGHTFUL THING YOU SEE WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR EYES OFF YOUR GOAL" HENRY FORD

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                • #9
                  I personally would not get a tattoo, and I think of a guy where I work that has to wear long sleeve shirts all day every day because of the tattoos he got while in the military years ago. Even when it's 90 degrees and humid I can count on this guy wearing a long-sleeve dress shirt to work. I don't know if his tattoos are inappropriate (naked women, etc) because to my knowledge nobody at work has ever seen them, but I sure wouldn't want to have to live that life.

                  AvgJoe
                  Be careful, kids. Daddy's summer car is like the Ark of the Covanent - if you touch it, you will surely die.

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                  • #10
                    I cant think of any field short of rock-star, porn-star or football player where a tattoo is part of a professional image.
                    Im currently ignoring ghostsix, Khalid72 & wcucj

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                    • #11
                      I enjoy my ink a lot. Nobody can see my tats when I have a regular t-shirt on. Even a really short sleeved shirt, you can see nothing. I dont see a problem with tats, but I'm also from a different generation than most of you. I say, its your body, do with it what you want as long as it doesn't affect your professional life. Obviously full sleeved tats will screw up some chances. Use your best judgement.

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                      • #12
                        You are taking a job as a Professional and the public views everything on you from smoking a cigarette to eating at subway. It's unprofessional to have a tattoo visible and most departments have policies on visible tatoos. True I have a few, but you can not see them. Now I am not saying they will DW for that, but just as someone mentioned, you may have to wear long sleeves all the time! Wait till you either get hired or just don't get one period.
                        "An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by chinchilla
                          I cant think of any field short of rock-star, porn-star or football player where a tattoo is part of a professional image.
                          undercover vice cop...
                          Made ya look!!!

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                          • #14
                            I think that if you're going to get a tattoo that it should mean something to you. I see these guys going out and getting the tasmanian devil, or yosemite sam, or some other nonsense. That doesn't make any sense to me. Personally, I have 2 tattoos - one on the inside of each forearm. Each tattoo represents a life accomplishment to me, and I'll never be embarassed of either of them or have a hard time explaining them to grandkids.

                            I have the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor with "USMC" on my left forearm, which I got after I successfully completed the Marine Corps basic training in Parris Island, SC.

                            I have a closed fist encircled by laurel leaves on my right forearm, with the words "Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan." It was a tradition in my karate academy that all the black belts get the same tattoo on the same forearm. The laurel leaves symbolize outer peace, and the fist within them symbolizes inner strength.
                            If it wasn't for STUPID PEOPLE I'd be unemployed.

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