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Grooming Standards - Tattoo

Scottsdale Police Department Grooming Standards Policy


  • Prohibits employees from exhibiting tattoos that are obscene, sexual, racial, or religiously discriminatory.

  • Prohibits employees from having tattoos on their hands, face, neck or above the collarbone.

  • Prohibits employees from having excessive tattoos on any exposed body part such as arms and legs in excess of 1/3 of the exposed body part.

  • Command staff personnel have final discretion when determining the appropriateness of exposed tattoos and may require the candidate to enter into an employment agreement stating that the employee will be required to wear a long sleeve shirt or other apparel to cover excessive tattoos at all times while on duty with the department, except under conditions and circumstances authorized by a department supervisor.


Conservative jewelry may be worn when appropriate to the assignment and

when it does not create a safety risk.


  • Employees are prohibited from wearing excessively large earrings to include, large loop earrings, long dangling earrings and ear gauges.

  • Visible holes in earlobes caused by wearing ear gauges are prohibited.

  • Male employees cannot wear earrings while in uniform or while representing the department in a traditional investigative or administrative assignment. Uniformed female personnel may wear one pair of stud earrings.

  • Command staff personnel retain final discretion when determining the appropriateness of ear jewelry.


  • Piercing of visible body parts, other than those written in this policy, is prohibited.


  • Uniformed employees will not wear more than three rings.


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