Dallas police soon required to cover tattoos

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police officers with tattoos will need to cover them with clothing or perhaps even makeup.

Lt. Andrew Harvey says a lot of officers have tattoos, but the department wants officers "to display a more professional image."

The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that the official policy is being drawn up by the department's personnel division and could take effect by the end of summer.

Current rules say police personnel must "present a neutral and uniform image to effectively relate to all segments of the population they serve."

Individual commanders had the responsibility of deciding whether an officer needed to cover tattoos.

Harvey says Dallas police will join what a number of other cities require, including Houston, Arlington and Los Angeles.

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