CT judicial officers must soon cover tattoos

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April 3, 2010 11:55:08 AM PDT
A union for Connecticut judicial marshals has filed a protest with the state over a new policy requiring all judicial officers to cover tattoos. The policy goes into effect by May 1 and affects about 700 judicial officers at state courthouses and judicial facilities.

The policy states "visible tattoos could pose a threat to safety and security." It says the body art also impairs the officer's "impartial and professional appearance."

Joe Gaetano, president of the marshal's union, tells the Stamford Advocate he can't imagine how a tattoo is a security issue.

Some of the marshals' tattoos signify their military service.

One female marshal has a pink ribbon tattoo to mark her successful battle with breast cancer.

Gaetano said the union has filed a protest with the state Judicial Branch.


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