Sheriff's Office deputies participate in 'No Shave November,' raise money to fight cancer

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 8:45 a.m.



'No Shave November' participating staff collageNovember is Men's Health Awareness Month. People across the country are recognizing this important effort is by growing out their facial hair, as part of the "No Shave November" campaign.

At the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, this hasn't been an option -- because CCSO grooming standards do not allow deputies to wear beards...

... until now.

STRICTLY for the month of November, and as part of a coordinated effort to raise awareness about men's health issues -- including the kinds of cancer that only affect men -- Sheriff Craig Roberts decided to relax CCSO's grooming standards in order to allow uniformed members of the Sheriff's Office to participate.

"Of course, the public still expects us to maintain our professional appearance," said Sheriff Roberts in an Oct. 29 email to all Sheriff's Office personnel, "so if you choose to participate, make sure to keep your beard trimmed and neat.... Don't look to ZZ Top or 'Duck Dynasty' for inspiration."

The goal of "No-Shave November" is to raise cancer awareness by growing facial hair. During November, participants are encouraged to donate money they'd usually spend on shaving to educate people about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

"Use your new look of facial hair to help start a conversation about cancer -- and mention that early detection is key," wrote Undersheriff Matt Ellington in a follow-up email.

The Sheriff's Office has a No-Shave November Team at As of Tuesday, Nov. 18, the team ranked 19th in team fundraising overall, with 103 members and $3,370 raised -- well over its $3,000 goal -- with funds going to the American Cancer Society. Participants are also encouraged to get a cancer screening during the month of November.

Here is the Sheriff's Office TEMPORARY relaxed grooming policy for the month of November 2014. The policy will return to its previous terms promptly on Dec. 1, 2014.

Personnel may elect to have a beard or goatee. Beards and goatees will be neatly trimmed and at no time be longer than one inch when extended straight out from the skin surface.

A beard is defined as hair grown covering the face line in a continuous pattern from sideburns, along the cheek line, covering the chin and connecting with a mustache.

A goatee is hair that is grown in a continuous pattern including the chin and mustache but does not extend along the cheek line and does not connect to sideburns.


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Sergeant Nathan Thompson
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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office