7.30 PROHIBITION OF TATTOOS, PIERCINGS, MUTILATIONS, OR ORNAMENTATION

7.30.1 PURPOSE:

The purpose of this policy is to maintain a professional appearance of all employees while on duty and to foster the public’s trust and confidence in the department and its employees.

7.30.2 DEFINITIONS:

A. Tattoo: Includes any tattoo, scaring, branding, mark, mutilation or intentional alteration or modification either temporary or permanent deliberately placed on the body for the purpose of decoration, ornamentation, or adornment.

B. Piercing: Foreign objects inserted through or under the skin or other body parts to include earrings to create a design or pattern.

C. Mutilation: Is considered extreme and is defined as the intentional radical alteration for any non-medical reason of the body, head, face, neck, arms, hands or skin for the purpose of and or resulting in an abnormal appearance.

D. Ornamentation: The application of dental veneers or caps for the purpose of creating a design or appearance for any non-medical reason. Red, silver, orange, and other unnatural colored contact lens or colors when worn that create an unnatural eye color, and contact lens or eyeglasses with graphic designs.

E. Dermal piercing: Also known as micro dermal piercing or single point piercing are piercings installed on flat surfaces of the body. However, dermal piercings are different from surface piercings in that the latter has entry and exit points for the jewelry, just like any other regular body piercing. In dermal piercing, only one end is visible on the surface of the skin. The other end is embedded in the dermal layer of the skin. This gives the appearance of having small beads on the surface of the skin.

F. Visible: Defined as easily seen while wearing the standard issued short sleeve uniform shirt, short sleeve dress/casual shirt or short pants while standing in an upright position, and also includes being visible through clothing.

G. Exposed arm: Defined as visible below the sleeve length of the uniform short sleeve shirt or visible below the sleeve length of a summer shirt worn by sworn, non-uniformed employees and non-sworn employees.

7.30.3 POLICY:

The policy of this department is to maintain the highest standards of professional appearance through the prohibition of the public display of tattoos, body mutilation, or alteration and ornamental piercings while on duty unless such display is required in the performance of their official duties.

A. Employees are prohibited at all times from displaying any tattoo/ branding/intentional scarring/piercing/mutilation/dermal piercing whether temporary or permanent while on duty.

B. Tattoos/brandings/intentional scarring/piercings/mutilations/dermal piercings are not permitted in a visible location on the neck, face, head, ears, scalp, and exposed arms/legs of any employee.

C. Examples of prohibited intentional mutilation/dermal piercing include: split or forked tongues; foreign objects inserted under the skin to create a design or pattern; enlarged or stretched out holes in the ears (other than normal piercing); and intentional scarring on neck, face, or scalp; or intentional burns creating a design or pattern.

D. Employees are prohibited at all times from attaching, affixing or displaying objects, articles, jewelry or ornamentation to or through the ear (except normal piercing of the earlobe), nose, tongue, eye brows, lips or any exposed body part (or an area visible through the uniform) that is visible during duty hours or any duty-related function, with the exception of earrings permitted for civilian female personnel.

E. Any sworn fire or police employee who has a tattoo, branding/intentional scarring/ piercing/mutilation/dermal piercing must wear at all times the appropriate issued uniform shirt or pants or long sleeve shirt/long sleeve firefighter station t-shirt or trouser that prevents the viewing of any a tattoo, branding/intentional scarring/piercing/mutilation/dermal piercing while on duty.

F. Any civilian employee who has a tattoo, branding/intentional scarring/ piercing/ mutilation/dermal piercing must wear at all times the appropriate long sleeve shirt/blouse or pants/slacks that prevents the viewing of any a tattoo, branding/intentional scarring/piercing/mutilation/dermal piercing while on duty.

G. All employees will be required at all times to cover all their tattoos/brandings/ intentional scarring /piercings/mutilations/dermal piercings while engaged in courtroom testimony.

H. A tattoo/branding/intentional scarring/piercing/mutilation/dermal piercing may also be covered through the use of a skin tone patch no larger than 2″ x 2″ in size, make-up, or may be removed at the employee’s expense. If the employee elects to cover up a tattoo/branding/intentional scarring/piercing/mutilation or dermal piercing with the use of a skin tone patch no larger than 2″ x 2″ in size or make-up, the employee shall ensure the tattoo/branding/intentional scarring/piercing/mutilation or dermal piercing remains covered at all times while on-duty, NO EXCEPTIONS.

I. The use of neoprene or Under Armor type sleeves or any similar material or device are not authorized or approved for personnel to prevent the viewing of any a tattoo, branding/intentional scarring/piercing/mutilation/dermal piercing while on duty.

I. In addition, employees hired after May 11, 2011 that have a tattoo/branding/intentional scarring/piercing/mutilation/dermal piercing on their legs will be precluded from an assignment that requires the wearing of shorts. Employees hired prior to May 11, 2011 that have a tattoo/branding/intentional scarring/piercing/mutilation/dermal piercing on their legs will be required to wear long pants at all times while working assignments that permit officers without tattoo/branding/intentional scarring/piercing/mutilation/dermal piercing to wear department issued shorts.

J. An officer assigned to conduct undercover operations may temporarily display a tattoo, piercing, mutilation, or ornamentation that can be removed at the conclusion of any undercover operation.

K. Contact lenses, if worn on duty, shall be in a natural eye color. Red, orange, silver and other unnaturally colored contact lenses, or colors when worn that create an unnatural eye color, and contact lenses with graphic designs of any kind are prohibited.

L. The use of gold, platinum, or other veneers or caps for purposes of dental ornamentation is prohibited. For purposes of this policy, ornamentation includes decorative veneers or caps. Teeth, whether natural, capped, or veneered, will not be ornamented with designs, jewels, initials, etc. This does not include caps or fillings used for commonly accepted medical or dental purposes.