Veteran plans to apply for police job after tattoo policy change

Veteran plans to apply for police job after tattoo policy change


IT STARTED WITH A LETTER FROM A FRUSTRATED WIFE. AMY COVENO WAS THERE WHEN THE MANCHESTER CHIEF MET HER FOR THE FIRST TIME. AMY: LIFTING THE STRICT TATTOO RESTRICTIONS WAS THE FIRST POLICY CHANGE THE NEW CHIEF MADE AFTER BEING SWORN IN. IN THE U.S. ARMY, I GOT IT RIGHT AFTER WE CAME BACK FROM AFGHANISTAN. AMY: THREE COMBAT TOURS TO THE DESERT, ARMY INFANTRY, ZACH FERGUSON IS A PATRIOT. HE IS FEELING BLESSED HE IS HOME AND HOPING TO BECOME A LOCAL POLICE OFFICER. IT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE IT IS LIKE, I WISH I HAD NEVER GOTTEN THEM. AMY: ZACH HAD NO IDEA HIS TATTOOS WOULD DISQUALIFY HIM FROM THE CAREER HE FELT SO WILL FIND FOUR. I WAS SO FRUSTRATED. A LOT OF THE SURROUNDING TOWNS, HE COULD NOT EVEN HAVE A SHOT AND A TRY. AMY: THIS ARMY WIFE DID SOMETHING SHE HAS NEVER DONE BEFORE. THAT WAS THE ONE THAT I WROTE IN MAY. AMY: THE 600 WORD OP-ED STRUCK A NERVE WITH AN ASSISTANT CHIEF WILLARD. CHIEF WILLARD: I WOULD READ IT OCCASIONALLY. WHEN I FOUND OUT I WAS GOING TO BE IN A POSITION TO LEAD THE ORGANIZATION, I PULLED IT OUT, I READ IT ONE LAST TIME, AND I SAID ANY KELLY, — ANNIE KELLY, YOU HAVE EFFECTED CHANGE. ANNIE: THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. AMY: THE CHIEF SAID THE MOST QUALIFIED APPLICANTS ARE OFTEN MILITARY VETERANS KEPT OUT BY THIS. ANNIE: I CANNOT BELIEVE MY LETTER ACTUALLY GOT TO YOU, AND YOU READ IT AND DECIDED TO CHANGE THINGS. IT IS SO EXCITING. CHIEF WILLARD: I DID NOT JUST READ IT. I FELT IT. ANNIE: BEFORE, THE BEST PERSON WITHOUT TATTOOS WOULD BE CONSIDERED. NOW, THE BEST PERSON WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT ARE — EMPLOYMENT.

8 thoughts on “Veteran plans to apply for police job after tattoo policy change

  1. just wanted to clarify.
    I am US Marine veteran with tattoos looking to start a career in law enforcement. However I saw on the mpd website that they do have a tattoo policy. has something changed in the past year?

  2. Another idiot that gets a tattoo and isn't smart enough to understand that there can be negative consequences associated to it. What a moron.

  3. tattooed and my personality seems to be almost impossible to get ahead in life. And when everything keeps making it worse you only have one option left. be homeless work at a temp agency make a couple buck for food and your crutch to help you mentally. other option is to just give up all together. trust me it's not that far off

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