Section 3 - Definitions

The following definitions apply:

Tattoo- the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible designs, forms, figures, art, etc., by making punctures in the skin and inserting pigment.

Scarification – the act of intentional cutting of the skin for the purpose of creating a design, form, figure or art.

Branding – the act of intentional burning of the skin for the purpose of creating a design, form, figure, or art.

Offensive tattoos, scarifications or brands include but are not limited to:

  • Depictions of nudity or violence
  • Sexually explicit or vulgar art, works, phrases or profane language.
  • Symbols likely to incite a strong reaction in the workplace, i.e. swastikas, or similar symbols.
  • Initials, acronyms, or numbers that represent criminal or historically oppressive organizations, i.e. AB, KKK, SS, MM, BGF, HA, 666 or any street gang names, numbers, and/or symbols.

Applicants that have any tattoo, scarification or brand on the neck, head, face or hands will automatically be disqualified and will not be permitted to take the written exam. Applicants with tattoos, scarifications or brands that are visible or partially visible when wearing a short-sleeved shirt, will be required to wear the Class B (long sleeved shirt) while in on-duty status. Any offensive marking(s) anywhere on an applicant's body shall be an automatic disqualifier for employment with the Patrol. 

Cultural Norm - The term 'culture' refers to attitudes and patterns of behavior in a given group. 'Norm' refers to attitudes and behaviors that are considered normal, typical or average within that group.

Youthful Indiscretion – The term generally used to describe something done with lack of good judgment or careful thought.