Ask WYE – Issue 36: Professional Appearance

All public safety agencies have some kind of grooming and uniform standard, but where did it come from and has it evolved with the times? Sounds like in many places that answer is no.

Officers all over the Nation are made to cover up sleeve tattoos, but should they have to keep wearing long sleeves in 100 degree heat just because an old rule book says so?

What about hair style and color? Shouldn’t we be able to freely express ourselves while still serving the community? And who decides if a tattoo or piercing or hair color is “in good taste”?

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