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Polk Co. Sheriff Office tweeks employee tattoo policy

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The Polk County Sheriff's Office has modified its policy when it comes to tattoos. Photo courtesy Polk Co. Sheriff's Office Facebook page. The Polk County Sheriff's Office has modified its policy when it comes to tattoos. Photo courtesy Polk Co. Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
A Polk County Sheriff's Office employee shows how he keeps his tattoo covered under his uniform. A Polk County Sheriff's Office employee shows how he keeps his tattoo covered under his uniform.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office has changed its policy when it comes to tattoos. The Polk County Sheriff's Office has changed its policy when it comes to tattoos.
POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The Polk County Sheriff's Office announced this week that it is relaxing its tattoo policy.

The agency now allows sworn deputies to have body art below the elbow as long as it is covered by a long-sleeved, agency-approved technical shirt.

Sheriff Grady Judd says it's becoming increasingly difficult to hire qualified people and he doesn't want an antiquated tattoo policy getting in the way.

"We want the very best serving the people of Polk County, and we know that we've missed out on some of those by not expanding the tattoo policy in the past and that's what we're doing now, " said Sheriff Judd.

PCSO has always allowed deputies to have tattoos in the past, as long as they could be covered by the standard short-sleeved, class B uniform. This new policy is simply an extension of that.


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