Murfreesboro Police officers and detectives are again participating in the American Cancer Society’s “No Shave November”. The thought behind No Shave November is “to grow cancer awareness and raise funds to support cancer prevention, research and education”. The ACS encourages participants to “donate the money usually spent on shaving and grooming for a month to support life-saving research”. More information and a link for donations can be found at www.no-shavenovember.com .
In support of this effort, officers and detectives can donate money to the American Cancer Society in order for the Chief of Police to waive the Department’s policy regarding facial hair during the month of November.
Since the participating officers and detectives are in contact with the public daily, they hope to spread awareness of the fundraiser and the needs of the American Cancer Society simply by being seen with their beards.
The Department believes this will not affect the officer’s ability to perform their duties and officers still must wear their facial hair in a manner that is safe.
This program has raised approximately $1500 per year for the American Cancer Society since it began.
Officers from each shift and division will also nominate an officer with the best beard to participate in a “Beard-Off” to be considered for the “Best Beard Award”.
“Our officers serve our community every day in several ways, this event is yet another way they are able to give back and raise awareness of a worthy cause such as the American Cancer Society”, said Interim Chief Bowen.