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  • dogcopper
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    I agree with Tim in that anyone looking to join the law enforcement team should think twice about getting visible tatoos. The problem that many of us have is that visible tatoos were "no big deal" in many agencies and almost encouraged in some divisions. The change does not seem in line with the need to keep older and more experienced officers. A great deal of us "old timers" (20 years next July) have had visible tats for a long time. Really keeping our fingers crossed for a grandfather clause (Central Florida) is an oven most of the year.

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  • Smurfette_76
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    Mine isn't visible and I have no idea what our policy is 'cause I wouldn't have on on my forearms anyway...but then again, I've never seen a woman with tattoos there that I considered to be a look *I* would like.

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  • Tim Dees
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    We just ran a story on a DC-area department that is requiring officers with visible tattoos to wear long sleeve shirts and/or turtlenecks, no matter what the weather. If you didn't know, the DC area is like a steam bath in the summer.

    This policy is very much in flux right now, and I don't see it getting more relaxed in favor of tattoos anytime soon. For anyone aspiring to a law enforcement career and who wants a tattoo, this is my advice: decide now which you want more - the tattoo or the badge. Getting one may preclude getting the other.

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  • dogcopper
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    Agencies in many areas here have motor officers with sleeve tatoos on both arms with some "interesting ink". I have two small characters on each forearm and are religous. We look to see who gets picked to cover up and who still gets to "sport ink". Hoping for a Grandfather clause!!!!

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  • S.O.444
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    I don't think we have a written policy, but I don't think my dept. has much of a problem with them unless they depict naked women or gang tats.

    Two of the guys on my shift have sleeves on both arms.

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  • Gene L
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    No policy. Tattoos are becoming more accepted, and two of our better deputies have visible tattoos.

    No dirty tattoos, of course. That's not a policy, and it's never come up, but it woudl be a bar for hiring.

    The USMC better grandfather some tattoos in or they're going to have a bad shortage of troops.

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  • just joe
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    Don't have one.

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  • dogcopper
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    Our tatoo policy is getting ready to get restrictive. A great deal of the deputies (and command staff) have visible tatoos and there is fighting on both sides. We are hoping for a win/win from the PBA and the agency with a grandfather clause.

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  • J_Mann
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    They must be in good taste. Obviously a naked lady on the forearm isnt gonna work.

    Wanna know a trick? For the guys who are trying to get hired....Wear long sleeves to your interviews!

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  • SgtCHP
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    During my career I do not recall any restrictions. I do, however, know a few applicants that were asked in their interviews what tattoos they had and were rejected because of their position and visibility with short sleeved shirts.

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  • pujolsfan146
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    Don't have any written policies. But....... Unwritten rule states they better not be visible. I have 3 and none of them are visible. I consider myself very tight with my patrol captain. He has helped me through a few tough situations. I told him about my plans on getting a new one on my bicep area. It is a tatoo of the leomf shield with the badge number of a deputy who I worked with and considered myself good friends with. He was murdered. The Captain tried briefly to talk me out of it but I still went through with it. No grief at all when I got it although it isn't visible while in uniform.

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  • SA13
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    Can't have anything racist, obscene, or representing organizations/philosophies dedicated to the overthrow of the government. Beyond that pretty much anything goes.

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  • lexcoptk
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    Our policy is that you not have any visible tatoos. However, those that had visible tats prior to the policies effective date were grandfathered in and are not required to cover them.

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  • ray8285
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    Nothing is written but I wouldn't go out and get a tat of a naked woman on my forearm

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  • B-More Dawg
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    Baltimore just instituted a NO visiable tattoo policy (actually, it was in place but now they are going to enforce it). If you have something on your forearm, then its long sleeves year around. It doesn't effect me because my ink is above my sleeve line, but I know alot of guys who are not happy and want to challenge it.

    The general feeling inside is split. Many think tattoos are unprofessional and agree with the policy. Others don't like it. Personally, I really haven't made up my mind either way. I don't think it is very professional looking, but then again I think the dept. hired them knowing they have ink visiable, they should have said something before. And the dept. likes to use guys who are tatted up and put them in EXTREMELY dangerous situations as UCs, but then you go and penalize them for something you are benefiting from.
    Last edited by B-More Dawg; 03-30-2007, 12:31 PM.

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