LAST CALL: Dallas cop stuck in hairy PR situation

When speaking for the thin blue line, a public information

officer's hairstyle should not get more attention than his badge.

Dallas Police Department Sr. Cpl. Chris Gilliam learned that lesson the

hard way recently when a supervisor ordered him to nix his


Gilliam, a member of DPD's five-person public information staff,

responded to an accident scene earlier this month and conducted

interviews with local TV stations. The next morning, Chief Terrell

Bolton sent down word that Gilliam was not to appear on TV again until

he cut his hair.

The DPD's general orders state that officers' hairstyles should "not

present a ragged, unkempt or extreme appearance." Gilliam is unsure how

old the policy is, but he says it gives the nod to "conservative


New hairstyle guidelines are being studied by an officers' committee,

but any policy changes will be too late for Gilliam.

"On Wednesday evening, I cut my hair," the lockless Gilliam said the

following week.

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