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 Public Notice

Tattoo and Body Modification Policy - Civilian Employees


All Civilian Employees must abide by the following policies:

Tattoos

Tattoos on the head, face, nose, eyebrows, neck or tongue shall be covered at all times while on duty, including during training, by utilizing commercially available cosmetics or fabric covers made for the purpose of covering tattoos. If commercial products are used, they must be of the same skin-tone color as the employee and be neutral in appearance. This policy applies whenever an employee is representing the Department in an official capacity regardless of whether on duty or not.

Employees who routinely interact directly with the public as part of their normal job duties shall cover tattoos on all other parts of the body while on duty by utilizing clothing, cosmetics or fabric covers made for the purpose of covering tattoos. If cosmetics or fabric covers are used, they must be of the same skin-tone color as the employee and be neutral in appearance. This policy applies whenever an employee is representing the Department in any official capacity regardless of whether on duty or not.

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.