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Can cops have visible tattoos in uniform?

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To_those_who_dare_to_cross_my_goddess_max50

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The title of my topic is my question, can a cop have visible tattoos while in uniform? Hoping to become a cop and I have 3 tattoos on my left forearm and 4 on my right forearm.

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Cops have had visible tattoo's since the beginning of time. Don't know every departments policy but so long as it isn't something totally offensive I wouldn't guess you'd have a problem.

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AS January 1, 2008 NYPD requires that al new hires do not have any visible tattoos while on duty.


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wear a long sleeve shirt year round. No prob.

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I have several even on the lower ARMS


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This topic has already been discussed in-depth several times in other forums. Depends on the agency.

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It does depend on the agency... my new chief just implemented a new general order that says you can't have any visible tats... but if you already have some, you're "grandfathered" in, and just have to cover them up.

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can they...depends on the agency. should they.....no not visible - just my opinion.


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For us if the tattoo comes down onto the forearm the officer has to wear long sleeve year round.

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The way my department handles this issue is the way most in this area are. If you were already working for the department when the policy came out, you were "grandfathered" in. However, any future hires that apply, they can not have tatoos visible in the short sleeve uniform shirt, or anywhere on the neck, face or hands specifically.

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Future hires cannot have any that will show, no matter the assignment they are working. Current officers had to register their tat's and cannot get any new ones that will show.

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Depending on policy. Our department policy does not address tattoos, I have one on my right forearm which is our E.R.T emblem. If it was offensive I could see a complaint being brought up.

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We can here.


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The important aspect is you have to ask what ever agency for whom you might work. Going through an application process only to be discovered by medical staff that you have visible tats could be a stumbling block.

Always ask.


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It mainly depends now on the department itself. Some do not mind and some have now taken steps stating that they much be covered, even if that means wearing long sleeves in summertime. For those who have tattoos on their neck and face or even hands, I say no. It is still a turn off to many people and can be frightening to others. Get then removed if you want the job badly enough.

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2006 new policy for us states no visible ink to the public. Anyone prior to 2006 were grandfathered in.

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See in Detroit they just cannot be offensive. If they are you have to wear long sleeve shirts all year round. I only know of one sergeant that has to do this. Wow I'm reading what some of you other officers are posting, i cant believe that you cant have any showing in some places. Blows my mind that an agency would "judge a book by its cover," so to say. But the question is to some of you who work in these agencies, would your department actually not hire these people due to their tattoos, or would they make them wear long sleeves all year?

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Depends on the Dept. We can, they just cannot be offensive.

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Tattoos are somewhat of a craze right now. It will be harder and harder for agencies who have restrictive policies on Tattoo's to recruit and hire qualified applicants if this continues. Most agencies are seeing this very same thing in restrictive hiring policies for drug use history. As times change and social standards change so too will law enforcement. I personally don't think Law Enforcement should lower its standards to accommodate the lowered standards of society. We should always set the right standard and example in all that we do both in our professional lives and personal. Not saying Tattoo's are bad because I have one, but if you are tatted out from stem to stern then maybe you need to look else where for employment.

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My dept has a no visible tattoos policy. I do have a tattoo but luckily it is NOT visible (the result of a spring break trip, alcohol and poor decisions!)

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Well jd, it looks like the answer to your question is "Yes/No"


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At my department, tats are not allowed to show while you are in uniform.

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Not with LAPD the Nazi Dept makes you cover them-I guess they never got wind of "Freedom of Expression"

You have to keep them covered with us-mine is on my back left shoulder-I guess that place won't sag as much when I get my "Bingo Wings" (Flabby grandpa arms). Last thinh I want is the Eagle to look like a pelican

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Tattoos are becoming more and more a norm in society. I think you'll end up seeing more and more depts relaxing their tattoo policies because of that. My dept has a policy stating no visible tattoos. However, the last 2 hires both have visible tattoos.


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Can if you live in the Aloha state.

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KSP will not allow you to have tattoos visible in a short sleeve uniform.


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