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Idaho State Police Grooming and Appearance Standards

Body Piercing, Earrings, Scarring and Tattoos

  1. The exhibition of non-traditional jewelry, such as nose, eyebrow or lip jewelry, or simulated body piercing is prohibited for all employees while in the workplace or when   representing the ISP elsewhere.

  2. The wearing of earrings by commissioned officers while on duty is prohibited.

  3. Visible tattoos that are obscene, offensive, sexually suggestive, profane or discriminatory towards persons on the basis of their race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion or creed, age, sex or disability are prohibited.

  4. Visible tattoos on the head, neck, or hands are prohibited and must either be removed, or covered by an acceptable means that does not deter from the professional image.

  5. For commissioned officers, tattoos on the arms below the cuff of the summer uniform must be removed or covered by an acceptable means that does not deter from the professional image.
  6. Intentional visible scarring, branding, subcutaneous implants to the head, neck, hands and arms are prohibited.



  1. Facial hair on commissioned officers shall conform to the following guidelines:
    1. sideburns may be no more than one and one-half inches (1 ½") wide at the widest point, and may extend to a point halfway between the lower ear opening and the bottom of the earlobe;
    2. sideburns must be neatly trimmed and the hair may not exceed a length of one-half inch (1/2");
    3. mustaches may extend no further than one-quarter inch (1/4") beyond the corner of the mouth, and can not extend below the top of the upper lip;
    4. mustaches must be neatly trimmed, not heavily waxed or twisted; and
    5. no other facial hair is permitted.

  2. Male commissioned officers' hair shall be worn in contemporary styles, but cannot touch the shirt collar at the back of the neck when standing with normal head posture.
    1. It must be neatly tapered, blocked or squared at the back of the head and neck;
    2. the hair must be neat, combed, clean, and not cover any portion of the ear.

  3. Female commissioned officers' hair longer than shoulder length must be worn fastened up on the head, while on duty.

  4. Exceptions may be granted by the Deputy Director for non-management commissioned officers on investigative assignments.


  1. Each Trooper is issued uniforms that are provided by ISP.

  2. Each Trooper may be provided a clothing allowance of up to $600 per year, depending on available funding.

  3. Each Trooper may receive cleaning expenses of up to $35.00 per month depending on available funding.

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700 S. Stratford Drive, Meridian, ID 83642