CPD Winter Wool Campaign Helps Combat Pediatric Cancer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Some of Charlottesville’s boys in blue will be sporting beards this winter. It's all part of an effort to raise money for the University of Virginia Children's Hospital.
Normally it's against the department's policy for police to grow a beard but for $25 a month officers are allowed to bend the rules for a short time. This is the second year the department has taken part in a 'Winter Wool Campaign', which acts as an extension of ‘No Shave November’.
Officers wanting to grow out their facial hair must pay $25 a month and that money will be donated to the children's hospital. In 2018, officers raised a little more than $6,000 and this year they hope to get to $10,000.
“This is just a couple of days, since November 1, so it's fun to see everyone's changes. It's a little competition amongst the officers and the supervisors to see who can grow the best beards, but it's fun. The beards are something that's kind of a hot topic in policing,” said Sgt. Lee Gibson, Charlottesville Police Department.
“We have a lot of really exciting, cutting edge research here at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital, but finding funding is always a challenge. You know, there's a lot of competitive work out there, really good work, and it needs a lot of financial support. To have a local group like the Charlottesville Police Department come through in this way - it really means a tremendous amount to us,” said UVA Hospital Spokesman Josh Barney.
Officers will be growing out their beards until March 1. If you're interested in donating to the cause, you can click here.
The female officers in the department have their own way to take part in all of the fun. For the next several months, they can pay money each month to wear nail polish to work, which is usually against the uniform policy.