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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

No (visible) ink allowed for Si's folk

UPDATED

Jessica Brown reports:

Union leaders met with Sheriff Leis today to voice their objections to the new tattoo policy. They offered some unspecified suggestions that would "make the policy acceptable to union members," said David Stanley, staff representative for the union. He said the sheriff will get back to the union on the suggestions. No timeline was given.

Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis is prohibiting his uniformed officers from showing their tats. (Read the Enquirer story here)

Anyone with visible tattoos on their arms must cover up. That means long sleeved shirts this summer for the 37 officers with lower-arm tattoos, while the other 663 officers get to switch to short sleeves.

By the way, ordering the new "summer-weight" long-sleeved shirts will cost the sheriff's office over $4,000.

Leis, who is allowed to declare policy for his office, also will not be hiring any new officers if they have tattoos that show when wearing a short-sleeved shirt.

Leis says the tattoos just don't present a proper image. Many other law enforcement agencies and even the U.S. Marines agree and have enacted similar policies.



Here's the entire rule book on "general appearance" for the sheriff's office detailing everything from fingernail length to gum-chewing habits. The tattoo rules are on page 5.



And, in case you're interested, here's the Ohio State Highway Patrol's rules on tattoos.


23 Comments:

at 10:37 AM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

just furthur proof of how out of touch leis is with reality.

 
at 12:02 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Leis, I have never been so offended, and can only imagine how your officers must feel. I am a highly successful professional with tattoos and can assure you that I DO NOT belong to any Motorcycle Club!!! Seems to me your new rule is a bit "prejudice" and "stereotypical".
I would like to invite you into the new millenium!!!
What's next? Goatees? Because those too "could" be associated with biker clubs! Keep going and maybe we'll end up with no CAPABLE officers.

 
at 12:21 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd trust a tatooed biker before I'd trust Leis or anyone of his uneducated racist pigs.

 
at 1:17 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leis lives in a "good old boys" cocoon just like W. And like W, he couldn't care less what any of us think.

 
at 1:18 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Prosecute Simon Leis said...

I thought bald people were also part of motorcycle gangs. Maybe Leis will have to fire himself!

 
at 6:28 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous cincycapell said...

How about the Log Cabin Capell and Finney the Fanny sue Si again? And lose. Again.

 
at 7:12 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simon Leis and the U.S. Marines are correct. And Semper Si could take on any of you anonymous cowards.

 
at 8:42 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey what about bald guys, aren't they associated with skin heads?LOL I think tatoos are very mainstream now. I've seen soccor moms and 50 & 60yr old women with them! Then again, I do live in Kentucky.

 
at 8:45 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like a few other Departments should follow the Sheriff’s lead. As a tax paying citizen of Hamilton County it is nice to know that the Deputies will still maintain a professional appearance. I have seen so many other Police Departments who have officers that look so unprofessional, from tattoos to being over weight. I can tell you an over weight officer with a wrinkled dirty uniform does not look professional.
Keep it up Sheriff.

It looks like a few other departments could afford to clean up their act and lose a few pounds

 
at 8:54 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone commented on the post about Steve Diehaus and "Girls Gone Wild" that it was the most useless thing he or she'd ever read on this blog. I think this one has him beat.

 
at 9:40 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess this policy doesn't cover the butterfly on Simon's butt?

 
at 8:59 AM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the real story. Ask why do deputy's get to drive "their" cruisers home? Do the deputy's account for the vehicle usage on their Federal taxes? Who pays for the "non-employer" gas usage?

Enquiring Minds want to know!

 
at 10:17 AM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm all for more professionalism comming from Leis and his peace officers. But how about raising the standards on who you employ and give a gun to. I would love to see a poll on how the average citizen feels about our sherrif and his gang of thugs. I could care less about tattoos. I do care about cops who kill out of fear (Blaine & Jorge). I do care when uneducated pigs pull me over for something as stupid as not having a front license plate. I do care when I park my car next to a cop who has decided that since he doesn't pay for gas he might just as well leave the car running while he is illegaly parked picking up his lunch or shopping.

The voters of Hamilton County have allowed this power hungry nazi sherrif to define our community for far to long. It's time he step down and preferably leave town. I hear alot of your pears are moving to Florida, perhaps you could join them Si.

 
at 10:21 AM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

who pays for the gas on their car chases?

 
at 3:47 PM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:17 As Joe average citizen, I'll start your poll by stating what a great job the Sheriff and his deputies do. They provide great coverage in my area and have always been co-operative whenever an emergency arose.

 
at 4:19 PM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm all for professionalism for uniformed officers but Si is one of the biggest criminals in the tri state area. We have other things to worry about than tattoos. Why doesn't anybody run against him. What about the sorry democrats run somebody against that clown?

 
at 10:23 AM, May 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

with a domestic violence call where both people are holding guns, can you request an office with or without a tattoo?

(does he offer domestic violence training? i don't think so, naughty naughty!!)

 
at 10:23 AM, May 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe the cops on drugs can arrest the commercial jet engine engineers on drugs

 
at 11:45 AM, May 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 1017, First of all learn how to Spell Sheriff if you want to write a comment. Second read the ORC, in Ohio you MUST display 2 license plates properly attached to the vehicle. Third Officers Blaine and Jorge never worked for the Sheriff. Another uneducated comment

 
at 4:01 PM, May 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter if the pig comes from the city or the county. A pig is still and always will be just a pig.

 
at 8:42 PM, May 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:19 >> no one's running against Simple Simon or Portune, etc.... reason is >> they'd both lose. It's an insider sleazy kinda thing. Just pay your taxes and worry about the "exploding" crime rate (in the hood).

 
at 12:15 PM, May 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another reason why Si is a Nazi!

 
at 6:14 PM, May 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mr. Leis, I have never been so offended, and can only imagine how your officers must feel. I am a highly successful professional with tattoos"

What kind of successful professional are you - a member of the oldest profession?

Not a big fan of Si - but his policy is right on. I don't want to deal with a police officer with visible tatoos. Reminds me too much of criminals and spoiled pro athletes.

You don't have to color your body to tell me you love Agnes, your mom, or you remember your friend Steve. I could care less. Now a rose in the right place is OK.

 
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