Some of the Yukon Police Department may look a little different by the end of the month.
Members of YPD are participating in No-Shave November as a fundraiser for the United Way of Canadian County.
The goal of No-Shave November is raise awareness about cancer by people embracing their hair, which many cancer patients lose. The purpose is for people to also donate the money they’d usually spend on shaving to help educate about cancer prevention, find a cure and aid those who are fighting.
Each participating member will pay a $100 donation to participate.
“This is a fun way for us to give back to the community,” Captain Matt Hofer said in a City of Yukon press release. “We are thrilled to raise proceeds for United Way of Canadian County, because all of the funds raised will stay in Canadian County.”
Hofer came up with the event, then brought to the other guys in the department to see what they thought. Department members showed interest so they then needed to get approval from City Manager Jim Crosby because their normal policy is no facial hair except for mustaches.
This is the first time YPD has got involved with No-Shave November, but police departments around the country are participating in the campaign and donating as the individual departments see fit.
“It really is a neat deal. There’s actually an organization that initiated or started the No-Shave November thing. There’s been different groups or organization that have participated too,” Police Chief John Corn said. “The guys were interested in giving back to the community because they’ve been very supportive.
“The guys decided they will take the donations and give back to a group that could give back to Canadian County and Yukon so they thought United Way would be a good recipient.”
Corn said he’ll be making a donation to the United Way of Canadian County, but is unable to participate in No-Shave November because he speaking at an engagement for the FBI so he needs to be clean-shaven.
There are about five members of YPD on the list so far, but some officers haven’t had a chance to even see it or sign up yet.
“We probably won’t know what the overall impact is until about midway through the month,” Corn said.
Hofer was off work Thursday and unavailable for comment.
If anyone would like to participate, YPD encourages you to make donations directly to United Way of Canadian County, according to the press release.
For more information, call the police station at 354-2553.