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Maine police department relaxes policy on tattoos

Posted at 11:05 AM, Mar 05, 2020

PORTLAND, Maine (KMTV) - A police department in Maine is adjusting its long-standing policy on tattoos.

The Portland Police Department had a very strict policy regarding the visible display of tattoos while in uniform. But the department realizes times have changed and is relaxing that policy.

"As we enter Maine's bicentennial year, we recognize the world is a much different place than it was 200 years ago," the department said in a Facebook post. " In the past, tattoos have been viewed as unprofessional and unacceptable in professions across the country. Today, tattoos are viewed more as a form of self-expression and are much more socially acceptable. By modifying our current tattoo policy, we hope to reach a new group of highly qualified applicants."

Even with the relaxed rules, some regulations are still in place. Face, neck and hand tattoos, with the exception of a ring on each hand, are prohibited.

The Chief of Police will have the final say on what's allowed and what isn't.