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Body Art - Tattoo Screening
​Appearance Modification Statement

The Prince William County Police Department has a standing policy in reference to body art and professional appearance. The Department defines body art as any body adornment or alteration implemented through the following techniques, which include but are not limited to: body piercing, tattooing, branding and mutilation. The policy does not include practices that are considered medical procedures by a state medical board.
The Department does not accept any applicants with body art on the head, face, neck, ears, scalp, hands, or fingers. However, a wedding ring tattoo on the left ring finger no wider than 1/2 inch is allowed.
The Department may disqualify applicants who have inappropriate, offensive, or excessive body art. The Department defines excessive body art as more than four (4) visible body art on arms and/or legs when wearing short sleeves and short pants. Additionally, there may be no more than two (2) visible body art per limb and no larger than the wearer's hand.
Applicants will be required to successfully complete a body art screening process during the application process. Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Police Department's Personnel Bureau by calling 703-792-6580.


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