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Indiana Department Loosens Policies on Tattoos, Facial Hair
Officers with the Lafayette (IN) Police Department will now be able to grow facial hair and reveal tattoos while on duty following a change in the agency's policy on appearance.
February 13, 2020
Procedures & Policies
Pennsylvania Police Union Loses in Fight Over Tattoos
The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police lost in its bid to defend officers who have visible tattoos that some might construe as offensive following an incident in which an officer was seen in a short-sleeve uniform shirt revealing a tattoo some argued was a Nazi symbol.
October 18, 2019
Virginia Department Loosens Rules on Beards and Tattoos
The Norfolk (VA) Police Department announced on Monday that it is ending its restrictions on full facial hair and visible tattoos.
October 8, 2019
California Department's Recruitment Push on Facebook Gets Unexpected Attention
The Upland (CA) Police Department was trying to get the message across that the agency welcomes recruits with visible "sleeve" tattoos—which some agencies still refuse to consider—when they posted a picture on Facebook, but the online response was not exactly what they expected.
August 30, 2019
FBI Investigating Deputy "Gangs" in LA County Sheriff’s Department
The FBI is investigating a secret society of tattooed deputies in East Los Angeles as well as similar gang-like groups elsewhere within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
July 11, 2019
Tattoos Help Public Safety Officials Identify Bodies
A breakthrough in identifying the body came once it was examined at the morgue. During this time, the coroner noted a green shamrock tattoo on the man...
July 9, 2019
California Department Now Allows Officers to Display Tattoos on Duty
Officers with the Pittsburg (CA) Police Department can now display tattoos on duty as the chief of the department says the ban on visible tattoos had become outdated.
May 7, 2019
Texas Department Relaxes Policy on Tattooed Officers
The Corinth (TX) Police Department has loosened its policy on tattoos for its officers.
January 23, 2019
Man Who Killed Texas Police Officer Had 'RIP COPS' Tattoo
An autopsy shows a man who killed one San Antonio police officer and wounded another had opiates in his body and a tattoo of a tombstone on his wrist reading "RIP COPS."
September 15, 2017
Philly Police Implementing First Tattoo Policy
Directive 6.7 is scheduled to take effect March 1 and will prohibit Philadelphia officers from having any tattoos that are "offensive, extremist, indecent, racist or sexist while on duty," according to a copy of the policy.
February 10, 2017
Philly Officer Accused of Having Tattoos with “Nazi” Symbolism
The Police Department also said its Internal Affairs unit would review the photo, which was circulated on Twitter Wednesday night by a woman who has posted many anti-police tweets.
September 2, 2016
Kansas Survey Reveals Public More Concerned About Out-of-Shape Officers Than Tattooed Officers
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.
March 10, 2016
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