Policy Blocks Applicants from Hennepin Deputy Position

Updated: 02/14/2013 4:49 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Six people who applied to be a Hennepin County sheriff's deputy are now out of the running for the job.

Hennepin County sheriff's office PIO Lisa Kiava said it came down to a policy about tattoos.

Two years ago Sheriff Rick Stanek changed the department's policy that prohibits new hires from having tattoos visible while in uniform.

"In a correctional setting, tattoos can be easily misinterpreted by the inmate population," said Kiava, "It's a safety issue."

Policies like this are not uncommon with law enforcement.