2017-11-09 / Front Page

City Police Shelve Razors for Cause

By Brooke Constance White

Some of the Newport Police Department’s male officers might look a bit less polished for the next few weeks. But it’s all for a good cause. One-third of the department, or about 25 officers, are participating in No-Shave November, a national initiative to raise money and awareness for cancer. Instead of being clean shaven every day, they’ll grow facial hair until the end of the month.

Sgt. Joseph Carroll, the department’s public affairs officer, said this is the first time NPD officers have participated in the campaign. Last year, leaders of the Newport Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #8 discussed being involved, but it never came to fruition. Chief Gary T. Silva approved the idea this year, allowing participating officers to stray from the department’s strict clean-shaven standard. Although neat and trimmed mustaches are allowed, beards of any length are not.

In order to participate, each officer must donate $50, which is split between the web-based No-Shave November nonprofit organization and the department’s

Det. Ian McGregor Det. Ian McGregor Police Explorer Program, which offers male and female students ages 14-20 a glimpse into the life of a police officer. The program exposes participants to such things as the law enforcement firearms simulator, DUI enforcement and motor vehicle stops. Currently, the department has donated more than $1,000 to both No-Shave November and the Police Explorer Program.

Carroll said the drive is personal for most officers, since many have been affected by cancer in some way, but that they still plan to have fun with the initiative.

“I just recently lost a couple of family members to cancer so I’m glad to participate to help raise awareness and raise funds for research,” Carroll said. “Aside from raising money, there might be some friendly competition going on as well and we may have some kind of judging at some point to see who has the best beard at the end of the month.”

Off. Brett Misturado Off. Brett Misturado Officer Brett Misturado said that he’s had several family members who have been afflicted with cancer and is happy to help out the cause in any way he can. Plus, he said, he’ll take any opportunity to let his facial hair grow wild and free.

“We don’t usually get to do this unless we’re on vacation, so it’s kind of fun,” he said, noting department standards. “Plus, I’m also involved in the Police Explorer Program, which is entirely volunteer, so any funding we use for that will help pay for training equipment and uniforms to make it a more immersive experience for our 16- to 20-year-old students.”

Before Detective Ian McGregor joined the department, he had been in the military since he was 18 and had to be clean shaven then as well. Over the last 20 years, he’s been shaving on a daily basis and never had the chance to grow a beard.

Sgt. Joseph Carroll Sgt. Joseph Carroll “Unless we’re out on leave or something, we never get to do stuff like this so I think we’re all going to have some fun with it,” McGregor said. “Some of us already have quite a bit of growth, while others probably won’t look much different at the end of the month than they look today.”

Carroll said the initiative is something he’d like to consider doing again next year. “I think it’ll go well and we’ll get to do it again,” he said. “It only grows from here.”

According to the No-Shave November website, participants around the globe have been shelving their razors to join the fight against cancer for the last six years, and have raised more than $3.5 million to help combat the disease. Nearly half of all cancer diagnoses and deaths are preventable, the website says, and the organization’s mission is to not only raise funds for cancer research and treatment but to educate the population about preventative measures.

Visit no-shave.org/member/ Newportpolicedepartment to donate to the cause.

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