Tattoo You...S Capitol Police

The Rolling Stones released Tattoo You in the early 1970s.

Call this Tattoo You..S Capitol Police.

The USCP is now watching to see what sorts of markings and messages their own officers have on their exposed arms and legs. The Capitol Police want to limit "purposeful modification" by their officers, managing the size, scope and content of such tattoos.

The "ink stink" comes under a new directive included in the U.S. Capitol Police Manual titled "Grooming Standards." The USCP says it has the authority to do so. Some officers say they are surprised about the new rules.

Here is the text from the proposed & previous directives on grooming standards. The new USCP says its new policy manual was created to reinforce uniformity throughout the agency

From spkokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider: Our policies follow the best practices in law enforcement & are consistent with other agency's practices. Acting Chief Tom Reynolds has delayed implementation of some directives while he continues working with the Union about any concerns they might have.

Tattoos/Body Marking

1. Whenever possible, tattoos/body marking must be covered while on duty.

2. Tattoos/body marking on the face and/or neck must be covered to the fullest extent possible while on duty.

3. Tattoos/body markings that cannot be covered must not contain language or characterizations that are derogatory or offensive to any social, religious, economic, or ethnic group. Any visible tattoos/body markings that are deemed offensive, profane, unprofessional, inappropriate or objectionable must be covered while on duty.

Examples of prohibited tattoos/body markings include criminal gang affiliation, depictions of sexually explicit art, nudity, or violence, etc.

4. Tattoos/body markings of any kind that-in their totality-cover more than one third of the area of exposed skin on an arm or leg are be deemed excessive and must be covered while on duty. The Chief of Police or designee is the final authority as to the appropriateness of any tattoos / Body markings.

Body Modification

1. Body modification other than for medically necessary rehabilitative purposes or common cosmetic procedures is prohibited.

2. Purposeful body modification that includes any outwardly visible branding, scarring, resection, subcutaneous implantation

From previous directive:Tattoos:1. Whenever possible, tattoos must be covered when in uniform.

2. Tattoos that cannot be covered must not contain language or characterizations that are derogatory or offensive to any social, economic, or ethnic group.