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Tattoo and Body Modification Policy

All Sworn positions and the following Civilian positions, to include Motor Carrier Safety Auditors, Safety Services Patrollers, Sex Offender Investigative Unit Compliance Officers and Background Investigators, must abide by the following policies:

Tattoos

Tattoos on the ears, head, face, nose, eyebrows, neck, or tongue are prohibited.  Tattoos on all other parts of the body shall be covered at all times by issued clothing or by utilizing commercially available cosmetics or fabric covers made for the purpose of covering tattoos.  If commercial products are used, they must be of a skin-tone color and be neutral in appearance.  This policy shall apply while the sworn employee is on duty (including training or outside events other than physical training or defensive tactics training) or whenever representing the Department in an official capacity regardless of whether the sworn employee is in uniform or not, unless exempted under the provisions of this general order.

Body Modifications

Body modifications visible while on duty are prohibited. Body modifications include, but are not limited to:

  1. tongue splitting or bifurcation;

  2. complete or trans-dermal implantation of any objects other than hair replacement;

  3. abnormal shaping of the ears, eyes or nose;

  4. gauging or gradually increasing the radius of a surgically induced opening in the flesh in areas such as the ear lobes or lips; and

  5. branding or scarification.

Body modifications shall not include those procedures medically necessitated by illness, deformity or injury, when performed by a licensed medical professional.