I?m glad to see you are still interested in pursuing a law
enforcement career. Having researched one of your previous questions,
I?ll jump in on this one too.
I phoned the California Highway Patrol Cadet Hiring Unit in Sacramento,
and spoke with Officer Leon.
Phone number : (916-375-2180)
I asked him about a tattoo on your upper forearm, and he said instantly,
?No problem.? It would not disqualify you.
If you consider that former military men are actively encouraged to
join the CHP, and that many of them have tattoos, I doubt that you
would be in a small minority having one. And considering that, would
not be looked down upon.
Now for the facial hair question. Here are the relevant lines from the
CHP ?What You Need to Know about Cadet Training? page:
Hair - Short (Not Shaved)
Hair - Short or off the collar
Fingernails - Short, no colored polish
Officer Leon says things are really more lenient than that:
while beards are not allowed, mustaches are OK.
So the tattoo won?t be an obstacle, and it?s easy enough to shave and
get a haircut.
I hope this answers your question. If not, don?t hesitate to hit the
?Clarify Answer? button before you rate my work.
Good luck with your career plans!
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