Visible tattoo ban for San Antonio police officers

A man has died after being hit with a San Antonio Police officer's stun gun Saturday, May 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
A man has died after being hit with a San Antonio Police officer's stun gun Saturday, May 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Beginning this month, the San Antonio Police department is banning officers from having visible tattoos.

Officials tell the San Antonio Express-News that it is part of an effort for them to appear more professional.

Officials say officers with tattoos on their arms will be allowed to wear sleeves, but those with tattoos on their hands or necks that cannot be covered will have to have them medically removed at their own expense.

Officials say the policy is expected to affect about 200 of the department’s 2,300 officers.

A year ago, San Antonio police stopped accepting cadets with visible tattoos to the academy.

Police departments in Dallas and Houston also ban visible tattoos. In Austin, police with tattoos that are deemed offensive have to cover them up.

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