The Methuen Police Department has always had a strict policy regarding officers in uniform and the visible display of tattoos. As a paramilitary organization built on tradition, officers were not allowed to display visible tattoos while in uniform.
Times change and our agency believes change can be good. The Methuen Police Patrolman Association has been in discussions with the department to update and modify the policy to reflect the community standards of today’s society. In the past tattoos were seen as by many as unprofessional or frowned upon. Today, ink art has become more socially acceptable and for many people tells a story about who a person is and where they come from. A change in policy will also open up a new group of applicants who can now pursue a career as a police officer. Large police departments across the country, like Pittsburg, PA., Houston and Austin Texas have changed their tattoo policies.
Our new policy proposal would affect tattoos from the short sleeve line down to the wrists or visible on the legs. No neck tattoos or hand tattoos are permitted unless approved by the Chief of Police or his designee.
We have created an on-line survey to poll community interest in this topic and appreciate your input. Please click on the link provided and answer the following question:
Do you support Methuen Police officers being allowed to display visible tattoos?