Petition pushes for new Longview PD policy on beards, tattoos

LONGVIEW - East Texas woman, Brittany Lee, is challenging the Longview Police Department with a Change.org petition to push the law enforcement agency to allow facial hair and visible tattoos.

The "Beard the Blue" petition is asking for a change in the current policy regarding officers' appearance, stating, "... the measure of good officer should be how he/she performs in the field, not by how many visible tattoos they may or may not have nor by their decision to wear facial hair that is appropriate and well maintained."

According to the petition, Lee believes that the Longview Police Department's current policy restricts the expression of individuality and conforms to "outdated rules and regulations."

Lee is asking for 500 online signatures and will be delivered to Longview Chief of Police, Mike Bishop. 

 

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