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Kansas Survey Reveals Public More Concerned About Out-of-Shape Officers Than Tattooed Officers

March 10, 2016  | 

Being out of shape distracts more from a law enforcement officer's professional appearance than having a tattoo, a survey by the Kansas Highway Patrol found.

The highway patrol, facing a shortage of troopers, conducted the survey to determine whether to change its policy that prohibits troopers from having tattoos.

The patrol surveyed 21,525 people of whom about 85% had at least taken some college or were college graduates.

Of the respondents, only 28% agreed the highway patrol should have a policy prohibiting visible tattoos, 69% disagreed, and 3% didn't answer or have an opinion.

In addition, only 31% agreed the agency should allow only tattoos that are covered by the uniform, 64% disagreed, and 5% did not answer or have an opinion, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.


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Sgt Hartman @ 3/11/2016 6:35 AM

Wow! I don't really think visible tats look professional either but most agencies I know of that have a tattoo policy require them to be not offensive in nature & covered. I think having a no tattoo policy really limits you in this day & age. It's hard enough to find qualified applicants who even want the job anymore.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/28/2016 10:37 AM

I have no problem with a Police Officer having a tattoo, as long as his face isn't all tattooed.

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