The Portland Police Department deserves some serious kudos for realizing that things change.

 

There is always a place for tradition, but the Portland Police also recognize as Maine turns 200, that it's a much different world than it used to be.

They posted on their Facebook page that until recently, the department has had a very strict policy regarding the visible display of tattoos while in uniform. In the past, tattoos have been viewed as unprofessional and unacceptable in professions across the country.

Portland Police Dept Facebook

 

But today, tattoos are more a form of self-expression and are much more socially acceptable. By changing their traditional policy, they also open up the door to a brand new group of highly qualified applicants.

The Facebook post stated:

Professionalism is defined as 'the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person' not by the art on your body.

 

 

They still aren't going to be hiring Post Malone as an officer, because face, neck and hand tattoos are still prohibited. But the final say rests with the Chief of Police.