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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Capitol Police get tattoo rules: show force, not flesh


Capitol Hill police arrest a demonstrator.
If you notice that your friendly Capitol Police officer appears a little more clean-cut, you might thank (or blame, depending on your aesthetics) proposed new rules governing the tatoos, brands, piercings, etc., that the Hill’s cops may show.

Under the regulations, first reported by National Journal, tattoos or other body markings may cover no more than a third of an officer’s exposed flesh. Previous rules only encouraged officers to cover their body art whenever possible.

We assume the higher-ups will tote tape measures to enforce this.

Flashing offensive and profane ink would also be a no-no, including art that indicates “criminal gang affiliation, depictions of sexually explicit art, nudity, or violence, etc.”

Guess that would make them the fashion police as well.

The new rules, contained in a larger manual on internal policies under the heading “Personal Grooming,” are typical for many police forces, police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider tells the Loop. And lest any officers feel caught off guard, “Acting Chief Tom Reynolds has delayed implementation of some directives while he continues working with the Union about any concerns they might have,” she added.

It seems officers with tattoos that might put them on the wrong side of the rules have a few uncomfortable options: there’s tattoo removal (ouch!) and wearing long sleeves and pants during the brutally hot Washington summer (ugh).

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