By Jefferson Tyler, Multimedia Journalist
OTTUMWA, IA (KYOU) – Don’t be afraid if you see Ottumwa police officers looking a little rough these days. They’re doing it on purpose. Ottumwa Police joining other officers all over the country. Participating in ‘No Shave November,’ a charity fund raising event. Law enforcement don’t shave for a month. Donating the money, they would normally spend on shaving accessories like blades and shaving cream, to cancer research charities. It only comes out to about $30 per officer. But they’re hopeful it draws attention to the need to fund cancer research.
“We’ve all had someone affected by cancer in one way or another, whether it’s family or friends. It’s just one of those things where us as a department can show the community that one we care about them. And two we can have a friendly competition within a department as well,” said Ottumwa Police Officer Levi Ritz.
Officers still have to keep their facial hair groomed during the event. All funds collected from ‘No Shave November’ will be distributed locally, for the research and treatment of cancer.
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