What are the Durham Police Department’s policies on tattoos, hairstyles, beards and jewelry?

Tattoos, body art or branding which is profane; depicts violence or harm; is sexually explicit or which portrays nudity; indicates an affiliation with a criminal street gang or any hate group, organization or association; would reasonably be considered prejudicial to a particular race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin; covers hands/fingers, or neck; or appears on the face, ears or scalp. 

Hairstyles (Male) – Hair on top of the head shall be neatly groomed. The length and/or bulk of the hair will not be excessive or present a ragged or extreme appearance. Hair, when combed, may cover no more than the top half of the ears and may extend down to the shirt collar, but shall not cover any part of the shirt collar. In all cases, the bulk or length of the hair will not interfere with the normal wear of the uniform hat. Sideburns (worn without a beard) shall not extend below the earlobe and shall at no point be more than 1-1/2 inches wide. Side burns shall not exceed 1/2 inch in bulk, and shall not flare, and shall be trimmed horizontally across the bottom. Edges must be clearly defined. Mustaches shall be neatly trimmed and shall not exceed more than one half inch beyond the corners of the mouth or extend more than 1/4 inch below the corners of the mouth. Mustaches shall not cover any part of the upper lip. Sworn and non-sworn personnel are permitted to wear a goatee or beard that is maintained at a length and pattern so as not to detract from the officer’s professional appearance. Permission to wear beards, mustaches, and goatees may be withdrawn by the Chief, at any time. Facial hair shall be neat, trimmed and maintained at a length not to exceed 1/2 inch. Beards must be trimmed above and below and shall not be permitted below the Adam’s apple on the neck. In the event of a civil emergency or standby status where there is a possibility of gas deployment officers will, at the Incident Commander’s discretion, report clean shaven. Officers will report clean shaven for annual fit testing. Sworn personnel working in undercover assignments, or specialized assignments requiring facial hair not otherwise authorized by this policy, shall be exempt from these restrictions at the discretion of the Division Commander, and the Chief. Edges must be clearly defined. Hair, beard and/or mustache will not give the appearance of being ragged, unkempt, or extreme in appearance and must permit the proper wearing of a hat.

 Hairstyles (Female) - Hair may not fall below the bottom of the shirt collar. Jewelry - The following items only are authorized: One wristwatch; Two finger rings of choice; Medical identification bracelet/necklace.

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