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Police participate in No-Shave November

 

November 29, 2017 | View PDF

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Officer Jason Thompson, left, and Officer Mike Young are two of the Marysville police officers participating in this year's No-Shave November.

Several Marysville Police officers are growing out their beards this year as part of No-Shave November, and the local tradition has been expanded this year.

The Marysville Police Department has allowed officers to participate in No-Shave November for many years, but this year they began in October and plan to continue through January.

"We expanded it this year because Marysville Police Chief Rick Smith wanted it to have a larger impact," said Marysville Police Commander Mark Thomas.

The tradition started with No-Shave November, a national program to raise cancer awareness by forgoing shaving for the month.

Local police officers are usually not allowed to grow a beard, but in the month of November have been allowed to give a donation if they want to participate.

"We have a dress code and a groom code, like most police departments, and an officer can pay to violate that code for the month," said Thomas.

This year, each month for the officers will be about various health efforts.

"We wanted to keep it focused on cancer to recognize what No-Shave November is about," said Thomas.

Last month officers raised $625 which was donated to the Providence Breast Cancer Center.

"Obviously October is the big breast cancer awareness month, so this is a way for officers to participate in that as well," said Thomas.

So far in November the department has raised $480, although they haven't updated the count since Nov. 9, according to Thomas.

That money will be going toward men's cancer awareness, he said.

In December and January they plan to donate to a local children's hospital.

"One of our officer's young daughters is currently doing a fundraiser for [Seattle] Children's Hospital, so our donation will tie in with that," said Thomas.

This year there are a little more than 20 Marysville police officers growing out the beards for those months.

"A lot of the officers enjoy it. They have joined a career path that doesn't normally allow growing facial hair," Thomas said, so it is good to have a couple of months where they can be free of those restrictions.

"There is lots of competition internally over who can grow the best beard," said Thomas, who added there is even a dinner for two on the line for who ends up with the best facial hair.

The no-shave months are also a good way to give back to charity efforts.

"Local officers are motivated to help the public, not just what they give to the community as part of their job, but looking for other ways to help as well," said Thomas.

They generally get good feedback from the public, said Thomas.

"It's definitely a good conversation starter," as people will ask about the beard and its a good opportunity to talk about what they are doing and the various health-related issues that they are raising funds for.

 

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