Tattoos bar the way for new Hennepin County sheriff's deputies

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 14, 2013 - 8:23 AM

Law-enforcement agencies say visible ink designs can compromise their officers' work.

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mrblueskyFeb. 13, 13 8:19 PM

I dont understand why I think this, but I agree. A bunch of tatts showing on a police officer seems weird? Why do I feel that way? It is just self expression. Just not professional I guess. I couldnt imagine going into court and looking at the judge, who had a bunch of tattoos! I must be getting old.

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bigbear815Feb. 13, 13 8:44 PM

The policy won't pass the smell test in court. More taxpayer cash will be wasted.

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ctorgFeb. 13, 13 8:46 PM

If they have fake tattoo arm sleeves for those that want to pretend why can't they just wear skin tone plain arm sleeves to cover up the tattoo? I mean most football players are wearing single arm sleeves like under armour stuff all the time, so why can't they wear something underneath the short sleeve uniform? If the guy is qualified let him be a good cop. Lord knows you can't have too many good ones. Enough bad ones already.

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budgrant00Feb. 13, 13 8:53 PM

Not understanding the application is reason enough.

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LandsharkFeb. 13, 13 8:57 PM

Just as I told my daughter when she turned 18. Don't do it because it will only put limits on you in the future. The old man has just been proven right.

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furguson11Feb. 13, 13 8:59 PM

"Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lisa Kiava said the priority is the safety of the people in the jail. About 70 percent of the male inmates have used illegal narcotics in the hours before they are arrested and some are drunk while they are being booked. She said another 30 percent are mentally ill." So is the Sheriff's Office saying that people with tattoos are on drugs and drunk? Remember the days when Omodt's staff use to measure mustaches and fingernails? This is just silly.

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drfranktFeb. 13, 13 9:04 PM

All the more reason to use just a bit of descretion when being a yougster. Not unlike body piercings! In a number of jobs, it's a matter of professionalism, not necessariy a matter of personal choice as liberals would like you to believe. Would you want a surgeon, lawyer, or nurse with tats of tears on their eyes, barbed wire on their arms, and a name tatooed on their neck or piercings in their noses, eyebrows, lips, et. al.? It's time to look at personal responsibility no matter what the left says!

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pokey2007Feb. 13, 13 9:13 PM

It is not that I am against tattoos, but I don't think the people who get them realize that as they grow both in age, maturity, and job growth that what they have may be contrary to what they have permanently put on their body. So if there is something against tattoos showing now...they did it to themselves and they need to figure it out. And good luck to them!

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getcrazyFeb. 13, 13 9:14 PM

Does anyone remember when cops looked at people with tattoos like they were criminals? Well, well, well...looks like they still think that. Seriously though the Sheriff isn't the only person hiring people that has to make a call about this. It's pretty well known that tattoos can lead to joblessness or not getting into the career you want. Choose wisely folks. My thoughts are that if one were that serious about wanting to be a cop that you would make a decision not to get sleeve tattoos. I mean really? You actually thought nobody would care?

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davidtbrooksFeb. 13, 13 9:16 PM

Things change as the old generations pass on. Do what you want to do with your body, it is up to you. But, it would be weird to see a bunch of tats on a cop.

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