New Policy Lays Down The Law for Connecticut State Police
The policy outlines what is acceptable for tattoos and social media use, and comes six months after a state police colonel released previously undisclosed information about the Sandy Hook School shooting investigation.
Under the policy (a copy of which has been embedded with this article), existing tattoos are grandfathered in, but new ones are not allowed.
The policy also warns officers that "speech, on or off duty, made pursuant to their official duties, is not protected speech and may form the basis for discipline.”
The dissemination of that speech includes social network sites like Facebook, Twitter, and several others, as well as through the media.
In response, the Register Citizen reports that a state police officer told Connecticut Magazine, “It is a good thing the [social media policy] wasn’t in place when [Col. Danny Stebbins] was in New Orleans.”
The Register Citizen report does not specify whether the new policy is a result of Stebbins' statements, and the newspaper wrote that representatives from Connecticut State Police were not immediately available for comment.