SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Some local sheriff’s deputies are going to be allowed to sport a different look.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies are now allowed to have beards year-round.

Historically, uniformed officers were not allowed to have beards because it was viewed as looking unprofessional.

“Times and attitudes have evolved,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said in a statement. “The true measure of a professional is not what they have on their face or arms, but how well they serve their community.”

The sheriff recently allowed deputies to display tattoos.

The only restriction on beards is that they must be kept in a neat and professional appearance and must allow deputies to wear protective gear like gas masks.

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