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Dsc01294_max50

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Can you have tattoos on your forarms and still become a police officer?

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We have some with full sleeves on our department.

Fluffy_max50

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Here in CA a lot of departments have stated that, if you have tattoos on your forearms, you'll have to wear a long-sleeved shirt year round...and during the summertime it can be quite a bear. It makes some sense, though; the Lt. gave this example: let's say you were in the military and you decided to get a tattoo of a naked woman bend over in a lewd pose on your forearm, boobies all hanging out, because you thought it looked cool. Then you get a job in LE and show up at a scene where a woman claims she was raped, and you (being the responding officer) have a tattoo of a nude woman on your arm who appears to be bouncing her boobies every time you flex. Not very professional.

They also told us that they're going to make us sign contracts that say that we won't get any more tattoos after our hire date, and that if we do (and they find out about it) they can sever us without notice. To me that doesn't seem right; if I want to get a shoulder piece that no one will see (because my sleeves will cover it) and so it will have an effect on no one I come into contact with, that should be my prerogative. But the long-sleeves (if you have forearm tats) I can understand.

Dsc01294_max50

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I read in some newspaper that they were going to crack down on it.

Dsc01294_max50

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I just started my colledge classes and I'm trying to make sure that nothing is going to hold me up if this is the route i am going to take.

Fluffy_max50

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Where do you have tats?

Dsc01294_max50

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I have one on my left shoulder, two on my left forarm, and a sleeve that starts at the top of my right shoulder and goes a little past my elbow.

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Here in the Carolinas, tats are ok. As long as there is nothing vulgar on your arms where it is plainly visible, you should be good to go. Many of my fellow deputies have visible tats..... so do I, but it's on my back.

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Yeah, I hadn't heard about the idea of covering them up until recently. I'd say, though, that when you go through the process try and find out what the department's standards are that you're applying to and make sure that they know that you're more than willing to comply with them. So if they say that you have to wear long-sleeves if you have forearm tats, during backgrounds make sure that you express to your investigator that, yes you have some tats, but that you're more than willing to comply with covering them up (or whatever the case is). But I seriously doubt tats would be a problem (unless there're some swastikas or something in there).

Dsc01294_max50

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This is kind of off subject but does anyone have any advice on what I should start to do to prepare for trying to get into law enforcement.

Fluffy_max50

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If you're in college taking some criminal justice/administration of justice classes wouldn't hurt. I took two (intro to admin of justice, which covered a lot of the CA penal codes, and crime scene investigation, which covered basic investigation tips). Majoring/minoring in one of the two wouldn't hurt, either, especially if you're sure that this is what you want to be doing.

Dsc01294_max50

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I enrolled in a criminal justice program in dallas.

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If you can try and do an internship with the dept. you want to go with or any dept. that will allow it. I did an internship and loved every minute of it. Most of the officers were younger and around my age so we got along great. I also received credits toward gradution. That way you get to see what it's like first hand, plus you get experience at the same time.

Dsc01294_max50

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The colledge that i am at offers an externship. I'm still not very clear on what the differences are between the two.

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The department I work for does not allow visible tattoos. The officers who have them have to covver them up and they have gotten very creative on how they do that.

Dsc01294_max50

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do they have to cover them up with long sleeves

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The NYS Troopers are not permitted any on their forearm, period. That is all I know.

Dsc01294_max50

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I guess it just varies from state to state. I don't know what it is in Texas.

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The department I work for allows them. They say they don't want them to show, but there is nothing in the SOPs. i have my daughters name, in her hand writing on my right wrist.

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Here in southern california the departments that I know feel that way towards tattoos are: LA Sheriff, LAPD, Riverside Sheriff, Riverside PD, and (I'm almost positive) the California Highway Patrol. So far as I know all of these departments require that forearm tats be covered up with sleeves.

Dsc01294_max50

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I can see were they are coming from I guess. It's not a very professional look.

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I have 5 tattoos, But I can easily cover them... But in the summer my ankle shows but normally for the PD I work for say as long as it’s not offensive and it can be some what covered i.e. shocks or a watch for say then they don’t say anything...


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It is different for almost all departments. Tattoos that are offensive in that they are sexual or racial certainly will not be allowed to be viewed. Remember that some people are offended by them just as some people are offended by beards, long hair, etc. etc. While some departments are becoming more lax, the idea is to try and not offend the public, even if the offense is silly. We had some of our guys with tattoos that were mostly military in nature. I have a couple but they cannot be seen unless I wear a sleeveless shirt as they are high on my arm. Even if viewed they are non-offensive in nature. Frankly tattoos that are on the neck, face, or hands can often be offensive to many if not most people. Remember that tats are permanent so think long and hard and then think long and hard again. Then try and forget about it and if after 6 months to a year later you still feel you have to have it, then go for it.

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Our department allows Tattoos. The chief stopped the facial jewelry...NO, WASN'T ME WITH THE HOOPS AND STUDS.

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I recently had a fellow officer ask how far up on his neck he could have/get a tattoo. My recommendation is don't get any tattoos that can't be easily covered. gb, I am surprised facilal jewelry was even an issue.

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I thought the neck and hands were off limits everywere

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Tattoos huh.....Well, I am the Chief and I have thirteen tats..sooo i guess it's ok

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It appears that it does differ from department to department; from what I've seen, it appears to be getting more strict out here rather than more lax. As I stated, they're making us sign a contract saying that they can terminate our employment should we get a tattoo once we're employed with them.

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co7753..We were shocked when "They" first came in with the "stuff" on. I'm confident it will not happen again.