The men of the Duncan Police Department (DPD) are foregoing their razors this month to help bring some awareness to men’s health issues and to help raise funds for their own project through the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).
DPD Lt. David Woods said this is the second year the department has done a no shave November.
“We’re looking to help bring some awareness for men’s health,” he said. “Every officer who wants to not shave in November pays $25 dollars to the FOP and that money goes for us to help buy kids Christmas presents.”
DPD will also be accepting donations from the public to help.
“If anyone would like to make a donation we would love to take that — we use it to help kids. We used it to help a couple of families last year,” Woods said. “So that money would be well appreciated and put to good use.”
The officers love helping local families as it shows a different side of being an officer in the county.
“In the climate of where we are at in the politics in the world we want to let everyone know that we are the good guys and we’re here to help,” Woods said. “Part of the way we help is to reach out to the community to those less fortunate and in need. We have an application here in the police department if a family needs some assistance during Christmas time they can fill out the application, it’s reviewed by the FOP.”
And thanks to No Shave November, the officers got a treat too, according to Woods.
“A lot of the guys really enjoyed it, kind of kicked off a conversation of us maybe implementing a beard policy and so over the past year we’ve went to different police departments or we’ve contacted different police departments that have beard policies,” he said. “Based off of what we got from them we built our own policy.”
Those wishing to donate to the Fraternal Order of Police may contact The Duncan Police Department at 580-255-2112.