Sheriff Al Bans Tats and Gold Teeth

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No more of this kind of thing.
New Florida Democratic Chairman Rod Smith wants to hear from people about what needs to be done to improve the party.

"We need your help," Smith wrote on the party's website. "Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions on how we can better represent and elect Democrats all around the state. Tell us what you think the Florida Democratic Party does right or let us know what you think we can improve upon. Your advice will help me be successful as Chairman."

Well, I think some Democrats in Broward might have some things to say about the party's leadership in these parts. Click here to sound off to Smith.

Onto the marquee story: This morning, a new policy was read off at Broward Sheriff's Office roll call: Deputies are no longer allowed to have visible tattoos, piercings, or gold teeth.

Inside read about the policy -- and find out whom it has upset most.

Here's the new policy:

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Here's what sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal said about it.

"The tattoo policy was recently enacted and distributed, and basically we've adopted the military model, which is to prohibit tattoos that are visible in uniform," said Leljedal. "If there is a small tattoo on the forearm, it's OK, but anything more isn't allowed, and there can be no neck tattoos or face tattoos."

Sources tell me that the most controversial part of the new policy is the ban on gold teeth. Here's how it reads:

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I'm already hearing complaints that the "dental ornamentation" policy unfairly singles out black deputies, many of whom work in the jail and many of whom have already been hit with pay cuts. Presumably, some of those deputies will have to now pay to have the gold teeth removed if they want to keep their jobs.

Leljedal said there was nothing discriminatory about the gold teeth ban and noted that it was approved by both police unions without a word. 

"I don't think so. This is across the board; it applies to everyone. The tattoos, piercings -- it's men and women, black and white," said Leljedal. "I have a friend of mine who has gold fillings. To say this is targeting a specific group, that is ridiculous."


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hardlessonsarestupid
hardlessonsarestupid

Click on my picture to the left of this message to see my BEAUTIFUL GOLD TEETH!

Desean Griffin
Desean Griffin

I Love This Policy for 2 Reasons; Those Jail Deputies AreAss Holes Who Sold Out On Black People A long Time Ago. Now That The White Man WhoThey Sold Their Souls Too are Turning On Them; They Want To Play The Race Card.Well It's To Late For That, The Black community Will Not Take Issue With ThisPolicy. Furthermore, This Causes Anarchy Turning One Sector Of Crooked Cops WhoAbuse And Neglect Inmates (Black Deputies) Against Cops Who Harass, PerpetuateA War Against Black Society, And Shoot Innocent Unarmed Blacks (White Cops)Against Each Other. I Absolutely Love It!!!

Patsy Dupre
Patsy Dupre

I totally agree with the rules regarding tattoos and gold teeth. Policemen should look more presentable. Otherwise, people would likely find it hard to believe them, more so trust them.

Patsy Dupre
Patsy Dupre

I totally agree with the rules regarding tattoos and gold teeth. Policemen should look more presentable. Otherwise, people would likely find it hard to believe them, more so trust them.

Findjackmoore
Findjackmoore

these rules are ridiculous when you consider that fat cops are allowed to remain on the force

Brian_torres13
Brian_torres13

What about the FAT ASS cops,sherriffs,,etc...would they be fired too,,, since they can't perform their duty? Or is that discrimination? Being fat is also altering the body? Will OVERWEIGHT FAT ASSES BE PART OF THE BAN??? I mean u have to be fair right? Dammm democrats focus on something more important!!! F#*#**g idiots!!!

cheap gold grills
cheap gold grills

Don't you think that having gold teeth on duties would just attract criminals. well, it does not actually do much things but it doesn't add to the formality of those in authority.

goldteethgrills
goldteethgrills

That would really be nice to everyone. Thanks for posting that in here.

Andy Wolf
Andy Wolf

Personally, I frown upon it. As a Former Airborne Infantryman and Iraq Veteran, I can tell you a large number of grunts bear tattoos, including myself. They don't extend below a long sleeve, and they weren't some crappy pre-drawn stamp on the wall of a tattoo parlor. Many of us are covered from chest to forearm in not "body art" but something no different than wearing your medals or erecting a memorial to a fallen comrade. A friend of mine and I (both decorated combat veterans with advanced training and excellent aptitude, I mean I speak four languages for God's sake.) were off to the Kentucky State Police testing/screening. We were disqualified because of tattoos below the elbow. However, two in-dire-need-of-exercise, and two overly arrogant and frankly unsavory individuals made it in. I think it is discriminatory, and several LE Agencies I have spoken to agree wholeheartedly, and have received my applications this year. Many even agreed, the tattoos are often an icebreaker for many people, as the custom of having a tattoo has become so common. It shows that Police are human, normal people.. not robots. I have no problem wearing long sleeves year round. I wore body armor and long sleeves in 130+ degrees during my time in Iraq, kicking doors in all day long. Judge a man by his character, not the memorials he placed upon himself to bear witness to what he and his brothers have done.

SolidSquid
SolidSquid

I could understand if this was a hiring policy or something to apply starting now, but what about officers who already *have* tattoos? The policy as it stands seems to imply those who have tattoos (and got them when they were allowed) are going to be in violation unless they pay for tattoo removal or something

Scott Bizzle
Scott Bizzle

Tattoos shouldn't be a prob,but a cop with piercings and gold teeth? i've never even seen that.

Deaddoc105
Deaddoc105

Why can't they just have the option of long shirts instead of just short sleeve? That way people who are already hired don't lose their jobs since I doubt anyone would remove the sleeve they spent hundreds, if not thousands, on so they could keep the job. Simple problem solver, and considering how popular tattoos are becoming you'll be severely limiting the amount of viable candidates.

sameen
sameen

you must discipline dude...

Sohardsohumble
Sohardsohumble

First off, whoever wears gol teeth is lame. I like tattoos, piercings not so much (some are cool but some are not). I think people can live without there ear ring's in while they are working. After they can put them back in. And for tattoo's, I have tattoo's and i'm in the military. You are allowed to have 25 percent of an exposed limb tattoo'ed. I think it works for the most part.

officer tatoo
officer tatoo

What a terrible group of comments made by the dregs of society. I've got a better idea. Lets start hiring capable officers that morally and ethically uphold their duties. I cant remember the last time i encountered a respectful authority figure with or without tattoos.

None
None

Leviticus 19:28 DONE

formeramerican
formeramerican

have any of you actually served as members of the military or a similar organization? since when did the military ban lower arm tattoos? goto a military base where they perform basic training... then kick out all the kids with lower arm or leg tats... when you are done you can go fight the afghan, iraq, iran, etc war yourself....

Superagentman
Superagentman

Well what about tribal tattoos that have religious or cultural significance - Is that not a protected class - Law suit I say. I just can not wait for someone to get fired and sue them for discrimination based on a protective class. Just because a law is pass does not mean it legally right.

TwoCents
TwoCents

Brave men and women are out their dying to keep us safe and you are worried and some tats and gold caps?

Quackers
Quackers

Leljedal has the nerve to say that he has friends with gold fillings. What a stupid thing to say since filling can't be seen unless the person opens their mouth wide. And I guess it'll be easier to spot an undercover cop now, since they can't play the part of a bad guy properly. Any deputy working undercover wearing tats should now charge the Sheriff for use of his tats to obtain cases.

Googoo
Googoo

Cuppla comments...

Lamberti wants to eliminate gold teeth & tattoos. Lotsa luck legally forcing an LEO who had a tat when you hired him/her, to remove it now. I can see "grandfathering", but there'll be a legal case at some point, if BSO tries to force someone to remove an existing tat, or get fired, esp if the tat was on them when they were hired.

Second, BSO wants to eliminate gold teeth & tats, but seems to be fine with LEOs taking illegal steroids. And no bullshit here...many cops DO take steroids.

Most important issue: let's spend time on tatts & gold teeth, as you know, these are the biggest issues concerning BSO & the Broward community.

Jlhwcm
Jlhwcm

PBSO has same policy. Tattoos have to be covered up. My question is what about women with permanent makeup. That is tattooing. They actually gonna try and ban that? And it applies to all employees - secretaries, accountants, dispatchers. Even employees not seen by public.

Blah
Blah

stupid! Come on now

Small Potatoes
Small Potatoes

Lamberti and his administration has fixed all of the real problems and this is just fine tuning of our agency. How pathetic!

Cop
Cop

Cop says;I take steroids to have a muscular body.I have tats because they make me look like the bad ass mother f'er that I am.I have one gold tooth because its cool.I have a harley and like to ride with my brothers.When the bad boys see me coming they had better run.Cuz' I'm one ass kicking SOB.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Gold teef are not professional. Ever notice that mostly the ugly folks get the gold teef. Same with the ink. Makes them look so pretty.

BumFarto
BumFarto

In one of my former lives I knew way too much about dentistry. In most cases these "gold teeth" are thin, removable overlays rather than true crowns. My homies tell me you can get a grill made at either the Swap or the Festival. (I have not personally verified this information.) Gold, while admittedly looking trashy when visible, is more serviceable than porcelain. I have one on a molar and it is my go-to tooth for breaking ice and candy.In another of my former lives I knew way too much about dermatologic surgery. Tattoo removal is painful. I would urge the sheriff to develop a policy that allows cops to keep the tats they already have.

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

wuddunt mind helping him get tat off...............if i was younger..................................................JK!

anonymous
anonymous

I just want to say to Ken Keechl:BWAAHAAHAAATake your dog ordinance and stuff it where the sun don't shine. Lamarca served you. AGAIN.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ilene Leiberman was kicked off the Resource Recovery Board by Sue Gunzberger today. The voluptuous Stacy Ritter volunteered to take her place. Discuss.

Civil Rights Lawyer
Civil Rights Lawyer

As a matter of public policy a police force has a right to insist that officers look professional, including reasonable grooming regulations. However, just becuase a policy applies to everyone equally does not make it legal for purposes of Title VII where the policy has a disparate impact. It may be a false stereotype, but I have seen plenty more blacks with gold teeth than whites, Latinos, Asians, etc. The cost of removal and replacement would probably run $1k per tooth. Thus would be a huge burden on anyone earning a middle class income. To say there is not intent to discrminate is ludicrous when 98% of those affected are going to be a particlalr racial or ethnic group

The policy on tattoos adversely affects young officers, who are much more likely to have them. Although Federal laws only protect workers older than 40, state law makes no distinction, so presumably younger workers could complain, espaecially if they cant hide a tattoo with long sleeves or makeup. At the very least there should be a "grandfather clause" (also sexist and ageist but too busy to think of a better word) allowing exceptions for officers who would have to bear a significant cost or undergo a surgical procdeure fo removal.

Tattoos which express support for discrimination, hate speech, armed insurrection, or disrespect of the law should be banned for that reason alone, despite the cost, since the officer's right of fre expression is outweighed by the public's compelling interest in having a police force that will protect all of us, and be perceived as protecting all of us.

Tony
Tony

If the rank & file do not like the policy quit if your gold teeth and tattoos are that important. Grow up start acting like adults

Al Sharpton
Al Sharpton

Coons have gold teeth.Al bans gold teeth.Therefore Al is a racist.

Morestupidemails
Morestupidemails

to Al LamdirtiFrom Scott

As your brother from a different mother. Do you think you could give my like a sister a job as your chief legal counsel. After all its not nepotism if we are not really related. Also I want to tell you and profess my love for you especially now that the election is over. we sure beat the hell out of that israel fellow.Tatah and tuttelshugs and kissesAll my love,Scott

PS lets get in touch with our femininity.

T_truth
T_truth

These cops think they are football or basketball players. Tattoo 's make them look like assholes. Power grabbers that make as much as most pro athletes so why not act like them.

A Military policy is correct here

Bryann0609
Bryann0609

 so i was looking at leaving the us army as my tour in afghanistan is almost done. i wanted to get out and be a cop but i have a military tattoo covering my whole forearm does that mean i cant become a police officer in palm beach county???

Dad
Dad

Shows you how short sited some organizations are. Now all you have to do to verify someone isn't undercover is to verify the clearly violate something in that policy.

SolidSquid
SolidSquid

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" - First Amendment

DONE

Jbthetechguy
Jbthetechguy

Most of the people in here have never served in the military and want to quote military policy. If I read correctly BSO said nothing showing in short sleeves. Military policy states no tats visible in class A uniforms which are long sleeves. I am a former sgt of the U.S Army and a two time Iraq veteran. I personally have tats on my forearms that were never an issue. So with this new BSO policy I could kick down doors and watch friends die in Iraq but I can't come home and get a job as a cop?? Good thing I had higher aspirations and became a computer engineer.

We know
We know

Lamberti and his co-conspirators ARE the real problem at BSO.

Still A Guest
Still A Guest

The RRB is a joke....I have been to their meetings...total job creation program for asswipes like Ron Greenstein....and his little trools like Brad.....cannot imagine the money headin out the backdoor "with the trash".......

Aol
Aol

for years the Miami Dade Police Chief's Association had a ban in place that stated no one could attend the academy with visible tattoos. Now as far as the teeth are concerned, any private or governement office can dictate a uniform or grooming procedures. the alternative is, quit. I worked as a cop for many years and you know what, get your gold teeth, get fat, get tatted up...oh, you didn't get promoted? Oh, you didn't get a special assignement? Oh, didn't get to go to that specialty school you wanted? Oh, no off duty detail for you? man, sucks to be you, you got some damn bad luck.......the decline in respect has to do with discipline. want to get respect? Show pride in yourself, shave everyday, smart uniform, don't look like a wilderbeast eat a fucking salad, stay in shape, read a book, be fair, be polite, never forget what you are and why you became it, you never see a Marine looking like crap, never see a military officer with Gold teeth, or Tats....4 cops kiled this week in Fla, fucking tattoos? you are fucking kidding me, right????

Quackers
Quackers

Are saying that if you have tattoos and gold teeth that you can't be successful? You should grow up and realize that it's what's inside the person not what's on the outside. I've seen plenty of cops with no tats and they are the worse of the bunch.

Adele
Adele

Please enough. How dumb of you.

Hawk
Hawk

So having art on them makes them look like an asshole? maybe if it they were prison tattoos or something with no quality but that doesn't mean shit.

Civil Rights Lawyer
Civil Rights Lawyer

As a quasi-paramilitary orgnaization, the Sheriff should have the authority to demand discipline and esprit d'corps. A failure to obey an order, or inconsistent procedures could kill someone.

I think tats and gold teeth are ugly & unprofessional,but that's just me. I like the change in policy, but I think you're missing the point AOL. There is a good chance it will violate Title VII and the Florida Civil Rights Act. If suit is brought, taxpayers will be on the hook for the sheriff's legal fees (roughly $150k), and if the sheriff loses, the legal fees for the plaintiff. It could easily run over $300k. If an officer is terminated for failure to comply and the court orders reinstatement, the sheriff will be on the hook for back pay and benefits. Since these cases can take two years or more to work their way thru the courts, that could run up another $200k in salary and benefits for one officer. You can say its an outrage that a jury should award emotional distress damages, but you can't control it or predict it. If juries were always rational OJ Simpson would be sitting on death row.

To me it's a huge waste of money, and a diversion of the sheriff's core mission, when they could phase in this policy over time. Wouldnt you rather see them use the $500k to catch the bad guys?

The killing of any police officer is reprehensible, as well as horrific tregedy for his/family, but I don't see the connection to proper grooming. In your experience as an officer, have you ever seen an officer,or anyone else for that matter, injured or killed because of a tattoo or gold teeth?

You would think anyone applying for the position with obvious tats or gold teeth is probably never going to be hired in the first place (and no one will ever know that was the reason), so either they were hired in spite of their tats/teeth, or they did it after they were hired while there was no policy prohibiting it. The same applies to promotions.

I would imagine there are very few officers who will be affected by this to the extent of having to undergo surgery or require new crowns. BTW, I dont know how much health or dental insurance it will cost since it's a cosmetic proedure, but you can rest assured that some doctors and dentists will find a way to classify it otherwise--also at taxpayer expense. I am merely suggesting that a lot of hassle and expense can be avoided by phasing in the policy.

Given everything the Sheriff's dept could be spending money on, legal fees to fight tattoos and good teeth has got to be a minor priority?

If you are still an officer, do you think its professional for officers to use the F-word to make a point? Could it be conduct unbecoming; not because you are saying the F-word, but because you are saying it publicly in conjunction with your past or present position? Do you think the Sheriff should institute a policy banning the use of curse words in public? How would you feel if he did it retroactively before you were put on notice. I think you would say its unjust to lose your job, as would I. Once you are put on notice, that's a different story.

DustenwithanE
DustenwithanE

Sounds like you were one of the idiots getting all tatted up to make yourself feel more masculine. I hate seeing people that have defiled their bodies with ink and piercings. I would hate to have to respect someone in a position of authority that doesn't even respect their own body.

DeadNorm
DeadNorm

actually there is a policy on profanity, but there is also freedom of speech and I am excersizing it at this time in a conversation and to make a point. Now, esprit de corp and discipline go hand in hand. In the field, during wartime, male soilders must shave and groom, the reason is to still maintain discipline. If we allow minor policy and rules to be challenged and abandoned then all are subject to abandonment. Regarding spending 500k to catch bad guys, no this is an important step for many reasons,we are not thugs, we are suppose to be better, we have a code to live by and it starts with ourself taking responsibility for ourselves. True, a civil rights attorney may take the case pro bono but the police union will not intercede or support it. Changing attitudes is not inexpensive, it is as important as anything we do and you know what, we ALL judge a book by it's cover, fat people don't get the same courteseys and chances as attractive people do, an attorney wearing a $2000 Armani suit is better then the one wearing a cheap suit, Coke is better then Pepsi,blah,blah, we are all victims of marketing, me, i want a squared away looking cop working for me or with me, no the streets aren't a war zone, a kind word and respect gets more then bulging biceps with tats, gold teeth make you look "thuggish" and no, you won't be working in Coral Springs, Parkland, Weston,LBTS or any influential city, you will work in,errrr, crime ridden areas, it is true and as an old sgt once told me, never retaliate against anyone, but damn, if they ain't gonna have a string of bad luck.....sorry, don't have spell check but I at least know about it!

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