The Danbury Police Department is taking part in a unique way to grow cancer awareness. Officers are participating in "No-Shave November", a month long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Officers have raised $1,900 of their $2,500 goal.
This is the first time that the Danbury Police Department has partaken in such an event, and there are 31 participants.
The Danbury Police Department currently has a strict facial hair policy which only allows neatly trimmed mustaches, not exceeding 1/4 inch beyond the corners of the mouth and not covering any portion of the the upper lip-line. Sgt. Larry Frinton presented the proposal to Chief Ridenhour, who is allowing members of the police department to participate in the month log awareness program. One stipulation was that officers must maintain a professional appearance, so some grooming was necessary.
Each member of the Danbury Police Department has had their lives affected by cancer. In 2009 Danbury Police Officer Robert Dinardo, a highly decorated officer who worked for several years as the community police officer at Broadview Middle School, succumbed to cancer.
Those who are interested in donating to their cause or who want more information can go to: https://no-shave.org/team/DPDnoshave