Yakima police officers grow out their facial hair for a good cause
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Yakima Police Department (YPD) is participating in their first No Shave November.
That means some officers are pledging to not shave their facial hair until December.
Captain Gary Jones said Officer Jeff Miller brought the idea up last year but by the time they figured things out, November was already over.
"The chief was not totally against it but wanted to do something locally and so we brought back the proposition that if an officer wants to participate they must provide a donation to a local charity," he said.
Jones said they decided to partner with Children's Wishes and Dreams.
"Kids just don't have the ability to help themselves in some cases and then we feel as a police organization, what better charity than them," he said.
Jones said every one of the officers participating must donate a minimum of $50 in place of what they would usually spent on shaving supplies.
He said about 25 officers are on board and some are just donating money but still shaving. YPD has already raised over $2500.
Sergeant Erik Hampton is one of the officers growing out his beard and said he is doing it because it's for a good cause.
"I think it's a great thing the department is doing, we have very strict grooming standards and to let it go for a month for a good cause is pretty cool,” he said. “It's good for morale also.”
Hampton said the last time he shaved was on the 31st and he already has some stubble showing.
"I’m hoping to have a Santa Claus beard by the end of November," he said.
Captain Jones said he thinks No Shave November will become an annual thing for YPD.