KHP asking for public input on tattoos

The Kansas Highway Patrol is short in manpower statewide. In addressing this shortage, the agency is exploring ways of attracting more applicants for its trooper and other vacant positions. With a background of history and tradition, the agency has a tattoo policy, and KHP is interested in what the public has to say or their thoughts on tattoos in law enforcement.

Currently KHP’s tattoo policy automatically disqualifies law enforcement officer candidates from the application process for having any offensive tattoo, scarification or brand, regardless of location on the body; any tattoo, scarification or brand that would be visible when wearing an agency provided uniform or required work attire; any such markings appearing on the head, face, neck, hands, or arms (below the bottom of the bicep); and as a general rule, any markings visible when wearing a short-sleeved v-neck shirt.

There is a brief online survey that KHP is asking members of the public to fill out. The survey is short, but will provide the agency with valuable information. The survey opened Jan. 8, and will be available through Jan. 29, 2016, at this link:

Information from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

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