RILEY COUNTY (KSNT) – It may be No Shave November for men across the country to raise awareness and money for the cancer cause, but during the same month, male Riley County police officers will give up their razors as part of their Hair for the Holidays event.
Money raised by the officers’ efforts will benefit the department’s Cops ‘N Kids Program which takes place this December. The funds purchase presents for children whose families aren’t otherwise able to do so. Officers will be allowed to grow beards if they donate a minimum of $100 to the program they support. It’s an annual event in the Manhattan and Riley County area for the past 27 years.
Law enforcement (police officers, detectives, and corrections officers) team up to take a selected group of children shopping. The program serves an average of 50 families each year. RCPD wants citizens to be “Hair Aware” so they understand why so many officers will be sporting new facial “do’s”. They reassure residents that officers will maintain a professional appearance while also raising awareness. If you have questions, ask an officer. They’ll be carrying cards on the program and how you can help!
Hair for the Holidays kicks of November 1st and runs through the end of the month. You can find more information at http://www.RileyCountyPolice.org/Hair.