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Poll: Do you think tattoos should be allowed on officers

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Do you think officers, already employed or applying, should be allowed to bear tattoos? if so should visible ones be allowed? and how do you feel about hidden jewellry on a male officer (tongue ring, Nipple ring)?

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 I'm not an officer, but I think that a tattoo is fine as long as it isn't visible. I don't consider visible tattoos to be professional, at all.


 


I don't have a formulated opinion on hidden jewelry. What I can't see doesn't really bug me.

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As long as it is not gang related or obscene I see no problem but if it falls under any of the two before or after hire I say no way and also after hire any tattoo of any kind should be in an area not visible by the public

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Nipple rings?!? Really? Wouldn't his vest press against it?


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I thought this had been covered in past forums.

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Nipple and tongue rings on a male officer? Is the OP talking about the cop from "The Village People?" LOL

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Tongue rings (while on duty) on any officer male or female should not be allowed.  Definately not professional, and my be a safety issue as well.  Nipple rings I could care less about they are unscene so no big deal.  However, as it has already been pointed out....under a vest..ouch.


 


Tats are a different story.  Visisble tats on forearms or legs incase a dept allows shorts are okay with me as long as they are not offensive in content.  Places that are commoonly considered outside the accepted areas like the face and neck are a no go with me as well.

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 Funny someone brings this up because this is a hot issue right now with military as well.  Tattoos have all but been banned anywhere that PT gear cannot cover such as below the the end of the shoulder and no sleeves.  That being said, I personally dont have a problem with it just as long as it cannot be misconstrued as anything gang related, offensive, or exentric in nature.  An example, a Marine I know was just charged for getting a tattoo in memory of his fallen Brothers on his forarm and it was considered to big.  This should have not been an issue.  Now, I had a SGT about 4 years ago turned down for Recruiting duty because he had a sleeve with multiple things including a naked woman, skulls, flags, colors, and things that were questionably related to a gang, (he said it wasnt though)  This I saw as an issue because of the lack of professionalism it will reflect.  Piercings, honestly I dont have a problem with a single non flashy stud on male or female's ears.  However, tongue rings are a no go and nipples (WHY would you). 


Also keep in mind in reference to law enforcement and tattoos, alot of Veterans go to the police force when they are done serving in the military and they usually have tattoos from their motivated LCPL days that will never go away unless they take them off.  I dont judge, I just ask you be smart with your choices and remember what you do will dictate what you do in the future.  (Tattoos could keep you from being undercover because someone could recognize you just as we recognize perps from their tatts.  Didnt mean to ramble.  I'm done.


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Thanx for all the replies guys


I feel the same as most of you, tongue rings and nipples rings are a no no and pretty pointless but tattoos should be allowed if fully concealed and not of gang related nature

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Just like everyone else, as long as they are not visiable.

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I don't have a problem with Tattoos, even visiable ones on the arms as long as they are not offensive or unprofessional.  ie: naked females or anything of that nature.  Tattoos on the neck or face should not be allowed.  Male Officers should not be allowed to wear ear, nose, eyebrow rings or tongue studs. etc. As far as the rest of the body, no one is going to know unless they run around naked.


Many young Officers received their tattoos before being hired as a LEO, many while in the military.  If they are resticted all together that would exclude many good people seeking to be a LEO.

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 I think tattos are okay for law enforcement officers. As long as they are not against policies or have anything to do with criminal activity or things that would bring a bad name to the department.  I don't have a problem if they are visible either as long as they are small and go by what I just stated above. 


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Alot of my fellow officers have tatoos left over from the military.  THey should not be penalized for this.

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I have 7 tattoos myself. All of them are covered by a short sleeve shirt. I personally have a hard time taking anyone seriously when they have tattoos below the elbow, or above the neckline of a t-shirt. As far as jewelry goes, in my opinion it's a no go in Uniform. Even for females. I have seen them get ripped out, and it's not pretty. This wasn't an Officer, but it was in a fight when I was in the Army, and it just looked painful. WE are more likely to get into a fight that any other Job (minus those who fight for a job obviously) out there, so why risk being disfigured. Any other body piercings.....well, that just doesn't sound comfortable at all, and also there is a HIGH risk of infection if it's a new piercing and you wear a vest over it for 12 hours.

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You make a great point BSL1123, when you say that you have a hard time taking someone serious, who has tattoos in large areas of their body, hence fore arm/ sleves. The statement is very truthful, this I know because I have 17 tattoos my self. Fortunaly, they are mostly on my back. But, I do tend to wear longer sleevs, and capris when going to interviews, or if I meet new neighbors. This is because I do get a diferent reaction, than I would if I was bearing my  arm and leg tats. People should be willing to accept the major consequences tattoos can cause. I am not saying anything bad about tattoos, but their is a price to pay, such as compensating for the (tattoo)stigma, with an eceptional awesome attitude and a profeshional/ beneficial actions.

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Tattoos, piercings, and jewelry are fine for Officers as long as the tats are covered by the uniforms, piercings other than ears for females are also indiscreet. What an Officer does to their own body is their business as long as it doesn't deter from their professionalism.


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Eilene says ...



Tattoos, piercings, and jewelry are fine for Officers as long as the tats are covered by the uniforms, piercings other than ears for females are also indiscreet. What an Officer does to their own body is their business as long as it doesn't deter from their professionalism.



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I don't see a problem with tattoos. I have two myself but they are able to be covered by my clothes or my uniform.

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I voted NO with an excemption. Tattoos should be completely covered by the uniform. Small stud earring for female officers are acceptable as well. I am old school and proud of it.

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I don't think any cop should have visible tattoos, especially those crazy neck, head, face ones that are out there...(don't think I have ever seen it, but it's possible some cop somewhere, has one) I think it displays a negative image of the officer and of the department. Not to mention, depending on the tattoo, it could be a major distraction. Now, some barley noticible ones on the arms if they are small would be okay, but hope they like long sleeves in the summer if not. I wouldn't want to be pulled over by a brother a giant dragon curved from his neck to his arm. lol Many young girls are getting those stars on their faces, while not obscene or trashy, they are a major distraction.


They do make skin sleeves for such coverups, and I would support that. If you can afford the tat, you should be able to cowboy up and face covering them up later on.

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I hate tattoos and piercings on cops.  I put the out-of-uniform nature of tattoos in the same category as uniform-violation fashion statements such as novelty acrylic nails and heavy cosmetics.


Tattoos and piercings makes an LEO look overly preoccupied with self-image.  A tattoo'ed LEO comes across somewhat vain - as if the badge alone doesn't 'say it'.  He or she looks wrapped up in cosmetic, self-expressive gestures to lend messages to what the uniform alone should say.   This is a red flag. 


Tattoos and piercings introduce symbols and signs to inform the badge. These skew it's meaning.   A skull and badge says something far different than does the badge alone.  Another red flag.


Tattoos are identifiers that undercut authority.  If one has to strain one's eyes to get a closer look at what, beyond his uniform, the officer wants to signify about his identity and role, he has already undercut his own authority.  Worse, tattoos reveal the officer's insecurity in the uniform's power to signify.  He has announced the badge isn't enough.  Another red flag.


Public trust depends on the sense of of fair and objective exercise of discretion.  The commonality of badge and uniform says that plain and simple. 


The clean-cut look says NOTHING comes between the officer and what the badge signifies.  NOTHING MORE needs to be said.


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Do you think officers, already employed or applying, should be allowed to bear tattoos? if so should visible ones be allowed? and how do you feel about hidden jewellry on a male officer (tongue ring, Nipple ring)?



I see it as this. Police, Fire Rescue are people too, now I can understand certain tatoos like a naked sailor girl, or grim reaper may not be in the best interest to have visible while in uniform, but when you have officers who have tattoos of something like a flag, childs footprint, or branch of military service I say let 'em. Jewellry... thats a touchy issue for a lot of people. Honestly? If it cant be seen and it won't affect  job performance........Why not

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 I think that you should be able to have tattoos as long as they aren't offensive/gang related/naked pictures just like a lot of other people are saying. I don't think they should be banned. Personally I have a tattoo with my dads initials in memory of him, and he was a police officer for over 20 years. That is something that I don't think I should have to be disqualified as an officer for. 

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To me, as far as jewelry goes, I think the only thing that I would consider acceptable is small studs in the ears for females because as BSL mentioned, the job is dangerous as it is, why make it worse by risking injury of it getting ripped off?


As for tattoos, personally, nothing above the neck or below the elbow, as long as you can cover it up, I don't see an issue. At work, one of the girls has a full sleeve on one arm and wears a black "tattoo" sleeve that covers it up. I had someone mention to me it's not a good idea to have visible tattoos in case you want to work undercover.


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To me, as far as jewelry goes, I think the only thing that I would consider acceptable is small studs in the ears for females because as BSL mentioned, the job is dangerous as it is, why make it worse by risking injury of it getting ripped off?


As for tattoos, personally, nothing above the neck or below the elbow, as long as you can cover it up, I don't see an issue. At work, one of the girls has a full sleeve on one arm and wears a black "tattoo" sleeve that covers it up. I had someone mention to me it's not a good idea to have visible tattoos in case you want to work undercover.


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Tattoo's do not make the officer do their job better or worse, So I do not think it should matter.


Tattoos on the neck and face, No I do not think they look professional, I agree with the rest, obscene or Gang related is not OK.


Body piercings well, If out of sight Not my business But, Oh man that would rub you raw under a vest, No thanks, OUCH!


I have several tattoo's and they all have great meaning to me, However I could cover them up if the job required.


I have several military guys on my team and they all have meaningful military tattoo's, I would never consider asking them to cover them up.


As for jewelry it's a safety issue, I have had even studs ripped from my ears when detaining folks that are jacked up, However if the officer is comfortable with it, on the professional side I believe stud earring are as far as it should go when it comes to visual.


 


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While I personally do not have tattoos and do feel they can take away from the professional image, are we going to deny hiring anyone with a tattoo?  I know of many fine and outstanding officers who have tattoos with some being quite extensive and unable to be hidden while in uniform.  Should the military deny anyone with a tattoo from enlisting?  We probably wouldnt have any military if that was the case!  I agree that tattoos should not be offensive, gang related, on the face, or so excessive like tribal war paint that they detract from someone taking your seriously...


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I do not believe that a tongue ring is professional and think that nipple rings would just be painful. However I think that tattoos are ok, As long as it is not out of control. Head, neck and face tattoos are unacceptable to me. I have a tattoo that shows on my arm, Most LEO's in my county have some type of visible tattoo.

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I have one that is visible on my forearm and there are many at my agency that have multiple visible tattoos. It's never been a problem for anyone I know. The argument that people won't take you seriously is just asnine. Like it's been said, a lot of ex-military guys have them and to exclude them from your applicant pool isn't very smart.  


There are a lot of LEO's in this country that have them. I attended a SWAT function out of state last week and some of the top operators in the country and around the world were there. There was just as many with them as without. If you let your personal feelings guide your hiring decision then you will lose out on some good talent. I've been an LEO for 11 years and on SWAT for going on 3 years. I have a college degree and have been trained and experienced in almost every aspect of the field. No to toot my own horn or those that I work with that have tattoos, but to exclude us would be a mistake.


With that being said, I do agree that it shouldn't be anything offensive. You definately can't have someone in uniform with nazi symbols or anything else racial, hate or immoral related. But simply having a tattoo is not unprofessional and to believe so is narrow minded. Agencies will hire some POS with a non-disqualifying criminal record...but no to tats! Get real!

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Yes.  The tatts should be tasteful if they show, but depending on the officer's assignment whether or not they show on duty is governed by the individual agency. 

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