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Tattoo Policy




14.1.4                 Tattoo  and Body Modification Policy

                             The Connecticut State Police recognizes the personal appearance of its sworn uniform

                             personnel, when in the public eye, has a direct impact on public confidence and thereby on the

                             ability of individual personnel to perform their official duties. It is the policy of the Connecticut State

                             Police that sworn uniform members maintain a professional appearance that will encourage public   

                             confidence in the members of this Department.  As such, the following policy will apply to sworn

                             members of the Connecticut State Police:

a.             Definitions

                 (1)           Body modification means, but is not limited to: tongue splitting or bifurcation,   the 

                                 complete or trans-dermal implantation of any object(s) (other than replacement),    

                                 abnormal shaping of the ears, eyes, nose, abnormal filing of teeth,  branding or

                                 scarification. Body modification shall not include those procedures medically

                                 necessitated by deformity or injury, or generally accepted cosmetic  

                                 changes/ augmentations performed by a licensed medical professional.  

                                 (a)           The above definition includes facial piercings to include, but not limited 

                                                  to tongue piercings, lip piercings, nose piercings and brow piercings.

    b.             Body Modifications

                     (1)           Body modification to any area of the body that is visible while on-duty in any      

                                     authorized uniform or attire is prohibited.

                     (2)           The use of gold, platinum or other dental veneers or caps for the purpose of      

                                     ornamentation while on-duty is prohibited. Teeth, whether natural, capped, or   

                                      veneer shall not be ornamented with designs, jewels, initials, etc.

                      (3)           Body piercing jewelry not concealed by any authorized uniform or approved attire 

                                      while on-duty is prohibited with the exception of earrings   worn in compliance     

                                      with section 14.01.03 of the A&O manual. 

                                      (a)           The wearing of any facial jewelry to include, but not limited to tongue 

                                                       piercings, lip  piercings, nose piercings, brow piercings by any sworn 

                                                       member of the department while on-duty is prohibited.

      c.             Tattoos

                      (1)           No sworn member of the department shall have any tattoo, scarification   or     

                                      brand that is visible while on-duty in any authorized uniform or attire.    

                       (2)           Incumbent sworn personnel shall not be required to remove or cover existing 

                                       tattoos, branding, or body art that existed prior to the implementation of this       

                                       policy but shall not add to or receive additional tattoos, brandings, or body art in    

                                       violation of this policy, except that sworn personnel shall be permitted to re-color    

                                       existing tattoos and shall be permitted to complete existing tattoos and obtain 

                                       one tattoo on their arm (but not their face, neck or hands) no larger than two    

                                       inches by two inches, so long as such tattoos are not extremist, indecent, sexist,   

                                       or racist.

                                      (a)           Extremist tattoos or brands are those affiliated with, depicting, or 

                                                      symbolizing extremist philosophies, organizations, or activities. 

                                                      Extremist philosophies, organizations, and activities are those which 

                                                      advocate racial, gender or ethnic hatred or intolerance; advocate, 

                                                     create, or engage in illegal discrimination based on race, color, gender,    

                                                      ethnicity, religion, or national origin; or advocate violence or other 

                                                      unlawful means of depriving individual rights under the U.S.

                                                      Constitution, Federal, or State law.

                                      (b)           Indecent tattoos or brands are those that are grossly offensive to 

                                                      modesty, decency, or propriety; shock the moral sense because of their 

                                                      vulgar, filthy, or disgusting nature or tendency to incite lustful thought; or 

                                                      tend reasonably to corrupt morals or incite libidinous thoughts.

                                       (c)          Sexist tattoos or brands are those that advocate a philosophy that 

                                                     degrades or demeans a person based on gender, but that may not meet 

                                                     the same definition of “indecent.”

                                       (d)           Racist tattoos or brands are those that advocate a philosophy that 

                                                       degrades or demeans a person based on race, ethnicity, or national 


                        (3)           Applicants wishing for sworn appointment to the department shall be screened 

                                       during applicant processing at which time a determination shall be made as to   

                                       whether an applicant is in violation of the policy. If an applicant is found to be in 

                                       violation, then they will have the option of having the tattoo, branding, or body art, 

                                       or visible portion thereof, removed at their own expense.  If an applicant        

                                        expresses a willingness to have this done, then their application will be placed on

                                        hold until the removal process is completed.

                        (4)           Subsection 14.1.4(c) shall apply to currently sworn personnel with existing 

                                         tattoos, brandings and/or body art as of the implementation date of this policy,

                        (5)           Incumbent sworn agency employees, serving at the time of the adoption of this 

                                        policy, will report any current visible tattoos, branding, or body art by completing   

                                        the DESPP-1072-C within thirty (30) days after the adoption of this policy. This 

                                        form will be retained in the employee’s Official Personnel File for future       

                                       documentation and verification purposes as may become necessary.

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