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PoliceLink's Law Enforcement Tattoo Showcase

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Police tattoos have long been a tradition in law enforcement. Whether it be St. Michael, a department badge or personal remembrance, these tattoos offer a tribute to the lifestyle and sacrifice of law enforcement officers.

Browse our gallery of PoliceLink member tattoos and share the pride and honor of law enforcement.


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    shaneaus

    about 3 years ago

    98 Comments

    Mine shows on duty. The tattoo debate goes on. Tattoos in today's society have absolutely NO relation to criminal activity! 3 out of 5 people I know have tattoos and they are Accountants, Attorneys (ok, maybe, she is a criminal), a roofer, an electrician, an IT professional, a Teacher, an Imaging Specialist, a Nurse, etc. They all have jobs, most have a spouse and children. Recently, I was at a water park with my kids and my 12 YO observed that about 3-4 out of 7 people there had a tattoo! We as Police represent people from our society. As tattoos become more commonplace - you will see more tattoos on Police! If you DIDN'T then you WOULD have a problem!

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    ColonelPhD

    about 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    I was never allowed a tat and never gave it much taught, after seeing these I want one of my dog ! She's a hero and she is getting old, what a great way to honor & remember her!

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    ColonelPhD

    about 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    Very nice tats! They are ALL nice...

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    esu

    about 3 years ago

    498 Comments

    K9GSD was cool to see the pre-color and post color shots, very nice.

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    EverVigilantSheepdog

    about 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    While I didn't get my tattoo (displayed in the second issue) until I had retired, I wouldn't have hesitated to work undercover with it. First of all, any undercover worth his body wire, can talk circles around any issue like a tattoo. Secondly, unless you're working undercover in a nudist colony, I don't know that the issue will ever arise. I've worked lots of undercover, and while I carried u/c ID, I was never ONCE asked for it. I've also never asked the target for his/hers. It just doesn't work that way in the real world. Ya'll be safe.

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    esu

    about 3 years ago

    498 Comments

    widowofcop: very nice, very touching!

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    crowfeeder

    about 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    I have several tatoos. My personal policy is they will not show when wearing lang pants and short sleeves.

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    JimInCairns

    about 3 years ago

    218 Comments

    You can add mine if you like; the headstock of my Mrtin J-40!

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1242/4609915509_9752ffc552_z.jpg

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    darsavmo

    about 3 years ago

    11360 Comments

    Some very nice tats here, almost makes me want to get one. One note however, what if you have a LE specific tat and you one day want or are asked to work undercover. Would that tat not possibly compromise you?

    I fully support an officer's right to have tats as long as they are not offensive or bring shame or discredit to our profession and none of the tats I saw on here do that...

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    macjason69

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Nothing wrong with ink showing in uniform. We don't look like those we arrest unless the ink is on the neck or those stupid tear drops on the face

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    CynthiaMagdaleno

    about 3 years ago

    1142 Comments

    Hey Russ I knew you would be a part of this article - lol! Nice!

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    rgonzalez

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    'Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard". I can quote Leviticus out of context too. The “tattoo” marks described in Leviticus 19:28 were clearly related to false religious practices. Some of these practices have a history in ancient ritual and false religion, but in our cultural context they do not denote a connection with evil or false faith...............only department pride.

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    sgtjosh

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    So unprofessional to expose them on duty...we should not look like those we arrest.

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    rbass7

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Leviticus 19:28 You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Quite a collection.

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