VSP updates tattoo policy for new members

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The Vermont State Police is updating its tattoo policy in an effort to help more people join the ranks.

Starting July 1, the revised rules will require new hires who have visible tattoos in a short-sleeve uniform, to wear fabric sleeves while on duty.  The sleeves are available in black or an array of skin tones.

According to a news release, VSP says the change recognizes a growing acceptance and prevalence of tattoos.

“Where an applicant with a visible arm tattoo may have faced a significant hurdle in the past, we are now able to advance such applicants through the process toward a rewarding and challenging career with Vermont’s largest law-enforcement agency,” Col. Matthew Birmingham said.

Any type of tattoo that indicates an extremist, sexist or racist ideology or affiliation is prohibited.  Policy still states face, neck, or hand tattoos are not allowed. The only exception is for band tattoos on a ring finger.

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