Six Rochester police officers have paid $100 each to make a hairy move: growing beards in the month of November.
They are participating in “No Shave November”, a web-based non-profit organization devoted to “growing” cancer awareness and funding cancer research. In their case, the donations are going to Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program that helps veterans and their families heal from Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD and related conditions.In return, the officers are getting a waiver for the month of November from the department’s strict grooming policy which restricts most facial hair.
“The members came to me with the idea to participate,” said Chief Paul Magee, who has also grown a beard in support of the effort, “It seemed a perfect fit for us. We have three active members of the military on our force so we have a special allegiance to our veterans. In our hiring process, it’s an important plus. They bring a unique skills set to the job.”