COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The tattoo policy at the Ohio State Highway Patrol became slightly more lenient on Friday.

Effective immediately, current and future troopers are permitted to wear a long-sleeve uniform shirt to conceal their tattoos, Col. Charles Jones, who was appointed superintendent in August, announced in a news release. Before the change, troopers could not have tattoos that were visible while wearing a short-sleeve shirt.

“We are, and always have been, a professional organization built upon serving the people
of Ohio,” Jones said. “With this change, we will continue to do just that, while also recognizing the diversity of those who wish to serve.”

Troopers with visible tattoos will be required to wear the long-sleeve uniform at all times, Jones said.