Henry County police officers barred from having visible tattoos - KMSP-TV

Henry County police officers barred from having visible tattoos

Posted: Updated:
HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -

A new policy forbids Henry County police officers from having visible tattoos.

The tattoo ban applies to new hires as well as officers already on the job.  Those that have visible ink must have it removed or wear makeup or skin-tone colored sleeves to cover up the art.

"If you have any type of body piercing, tattoos or mutilation, now you have to have it covered up," said Sgt. Joey Smith of the Henry County Police Department.

Police said they made the change after hearing complaints from residents.

"A lot of these tattoos may be up to interpretation and we're trying to have the best positive image for the public," Smith said.

Some residents told FOX 5 that they agree with the policy.

"I think it's a little unprofessional. It gets to the point where sometimes people get a lot on them and it gets ridiculous," said Ken Carlson.

But others, like David Ricks, say each of his tattoos has a special meaning. He said he wouldn't think of having his removed.

"I think it's silly not being able to show off artwork that you decide to place on your body," Ricks said.

Punishment for officers that fail to cover up could range from minimal to termination, Smith said. It will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

What do you think about this policy? Sound off on our FOX 5 Atlanta Facebook page!

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Warrant: Man beat poodle to death

    Warrant: Man beat poodle to death

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:13:08 GMT
    Police tell FOX 5 Atlanta that a man was arrested at a Cobb County animal hospital and charged for killing a poodle.
    Police tell FOX 5 Atlanta that a man was arrested at a Cobb County animal hospital and charged for killing a poodle.
  • Sketch released in attempted Freedom Parkway attack

    Sketch released in attempted Freedom Parkway attack

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:28:20 GMT
    Police have released a sketch in connection to an incident that occurred along the Freedom Parkway Path on August 11.
    Police have released a sketch in connection to an incident that occurred along the Freedom Parkway Path on August 11.
  • FOX 5 Breaking News

    Both American Ebola patients released from Emory University Hospital

    Both American Ebola patients released from Emory University Hospital

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:01:39 GMT
    "Today is a miraculous day. I'm reunited with my family" Dr. Kent Brantly stated to a room full of international media, doctors, and family. Brantly is one of two patients now released after recovery of the Ebola virus.
    "Today is a miraculous day. I'm reunited with my family" Dr. Kent Brantly stated to a room full of international media, doctors, and family. Brantly is one of two patients now released after recovery of the Ebola virus.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices