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New York State Police Recruitment Center

Tattoo Policy

In order to preserve a professional appearance and promote confidence in us from the public which we serve, the New York State Police has adopted an official tattoo and body piercing policy.


Candidates will be screened during processing at which time a determination will be made as to whether an applicant is in violation of the policy. If a candidate is found to be in violation then that person will have the option of having the tattoo or the visible portion thereof, removed at their own expense. If a candidate expresses a willingness to have this done, then their application will be placed on hold until the process is completed.

Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to your local recruiter.

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