I’ve always wondered about those willing to hire tattooed applicants or those with nose and face and tongue rings.
The police departments turning down these applicants are making the right decision. Most of us would hope the police (and other public-sector workers) would have humility. Needing to “stand out” by showing tattoos shows the opposite of humility. I make it a habit of complimenting workers I see WITHOUT all the body markings as they are the individuals that will make it in this world not trying to draw attention to themselves.
I have no respect for a police officer or other public-service worker with obvious piercings or tattoos. If you have this need to be recognized or standout, try volunteering for something.