November means turkey, Thanksgiving, the first snow-fall and, of course, No-Shave November. According to the official website for the notable observance, “No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.” A few local police departments are joining the cause with their own twists.
Sanilac County Sheriff Gary Biniecki recently sent out a warning to the public they may see some “unshaven Sheriff’s Office staff during the month of November.” The Sheriff’s Office is participating in “No-Shave November” for another year as a fun way to raise funds to donate to a local charity, “P-CUPS” to further health awareness.
The Port Huron Police Department will also be joining in on the cause. According to Chief Joseph Platzer, the department is dedicating the month of November to prostate cancer awareness. To show support for individuals and families battling the disease, every Port Huron Police officer who wishes to participate in the event must donate $75 towards prostate cancer charity. When officers make the donation, they will be allowed to grow a neatly trimmed beard or goatee during the month of November and as an added incentive, until April. Officers are not typically allowed to have facial hair other than a mustache as per department policy. Monies raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society to be used directly for prostate cancer research.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley