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