Ohio Police Agencies Lighten Tattoo Restrictions

CLEVELAND (AP) - Law enforcement agencies in northern Ohio are revising their policies on tattoos and police officers.

Elyria Police Chief Michael Medders says police departments would have a tougher time recruiting new officers if they banned body art altogether.

A 2006 study by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology says almost one in four Americans has a tattoo.

Medina County sheriff's Chief Deputy Ken Baca says his department allows tattoos.

But several Cleveland-area departments have policies that officers cannot have more than 25 percent of their exposed arms and legs covered with ink.

The State Highway Patrol last week revised its policy, saying that employees with visible body art cannot add any more visible branding.