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Scottsdale Police Department Grooming Standards Policy



  • Do not exhibit tattoos that are obscene, sexual, racial, or religiously discriminatory.


  • Excessive visible tattoos are prohibited. Excessive is defined as:


    1. Covering 1/3 or more of an exposed body part.       
    2. Visible on the hands or face.
    3.  Visible above the collarbone with an open collared shirt, (including the back and side of the neck and head).        


  • Command staff personnel have final discretion when determining the appropriateness of exposed tattoos.


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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