Lakeland PD Changes Policy On Tattoos
It’s getting harder and harder to find recruits who don’t have tattoos, just ask the Lakeland Police Department. Many law enforcement agencies have banned visible tats for years, but un-tatted applicants are becoming more difficult to find.
The Lakeland Police Department currently has job epenings for 15 people, but they are having a problem finding suitable applicants. It’s not because of lack of education, impeccable records or past indiscretions, it’s because of tattoos. You see, Lakeland has a policy against their officers having more than 50% of their arms covered in ink. The policy also forbids any tattoos on the face, neck, hands or fingers. Here’s the rub. Many of today’s applicants have full-sleeve tats, which are not allowed. IN addition to teh choice of where to put tattoos, many applicants have ink that has specific meaning, which could be problematic.
Some believe that the relaxing of policies is a troubling trend, saying it’s slippery slope that could wind up allowing subpar applicants to find their way into positions of power. Meanwhile, most police departments continue to enforce rules when it comes to tattoos. Polk county still forbids tats on officers, while other local law enforcement agencies have no restrictions. Source: WTSP.com
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