CAMDEN, NJ — Prompted by ongoing conversations with its officers, the Camden County Police Department (CCPD) updated its grooming and appearance standards Thursday — expanding what could be worn on the job.
The new standards replace rules that haven’t been touched since prior to the county taking over the department in 2013 and aim to improve recruiting efforts.
Police officers will be allowed to wear stud earrings (no earrings that dangle), whereas jewelry was previously prohibited.
The CCPD will also have a “universal hair standard” for both female and male officers, making way for braids, locks and short ponytails as long as hair doesn’t exceed shoulder blades and gets in the way of headgear.
“The goal in updating these standards was to make sure that we maintain a professional look for our officers that is fitting for a police agency while allowing officers to be current and comfortable in the styles that fit them individually,” said CCPD Chief Joe Wysocki. “And it was important for us to involve officers in the process of formulating these new standards so that the rules we have put in place are the best fit for our department.”
Nails that extend beyond the fingertips and a “broader range” of nail polish has also been OK’d.
“Previously, female officers were restricted to only nail polish of natural colors and could not have nails that extended at all beyond the fingertip,” the department said in a statement.