The Fairfield, Connecticut police department is among the most neatly groomed and manicured in the state. Thanks to requirements that officers adhere to strict guidelines governing their appearance, these coppers stop crime and look good doing it.
But the month of November will bring change. Rather than compelling the police officers to whack the five o’clock shadow off their face, they’ll be allowed to let it grow freely. According to a report in the CTPost, the Fairfield Police Department has decided they will temporarily lift their grooming policy to allow officers to participate in “No-Shave November.”
Fairfield police Chief Gary MacNamara confirmed publicly that he authorized the suspension of the policy. On Thursday, the FPDCT announced their participation via the police department official Twitter page.
In a statement, the police chief said he will “allow officers to grow facial hair in support of this national campaign.”
— Fairfield Police, CT (@FPDCT) October 25, 2017
No-Shave November is a relatively new non-profit, web-based initiative, that encourages those who support cancer research to stop shaving. The money they would normally spend on grooming supplies is instead to be donated to help further cancer research.
According to the organization’s website, “No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.”
Men are encouraged to stop shaving their faces, and women are encouraged to stop shaving their legs. For those who aren’t ready to participate in the event themselves, they are asked to support someone who is.
This isn’t the first time that the police department has taken an interest in activism, either. Every October for the last three years, they’ve actively participated in Breast Cancer Awareness. This year was no exception. That means that the FPDCT will post back-to-back months in which they are actively doing their part to knock-out cancer.
As part of their annual support on the fight against breast cancer, the police department breaks out their highly visible all-pink cruiser. The vehicle is reserved mainly for press events, but if they ever wanted to pull somebody over with it, there would be no issue. Its vibrant pink color is hard to miss.
Breast cancer survivors are encouraged to sign the hood of the car and leave a personal message of how they have been affected by the disease.
The fight against cancer seems to be looking bright, as cancer research continues to get more funding, and medical advancements afford more effective forms of treatment.
What’s most important is continuing to spread awareness and support for those who are fighting for their lives. The Fairfield Police Department is certainly doing their part.
“There’s a good chance that someone you know and love will be affected by this disease,” Fairfield police said in a statement.
“Every dollar raised brings us one stop closer in our efforts to fund cancer research and education, help prevent the disease and aid those fighting the battle.”
“Will you join us?”
As October gives way to November, the Fairfield Police Department will put away the shaving cream for the month. If you happen to cross paths with one of the members of the FPDCT, chide them playfully for their scruffy appearance, thank them for their service, and thank them for their continued support of cancer research!
Donations to support their fundraising efforts are already being accepted. At the time of this post, they’ve reached $375. Not bad when you consider that it’s not even November yet!