News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 2:31 p.m.
November is Men's Health Awareness Month. People across the country are recognizing this important effort by growing out their facial hair, as part of the "No Shave November" campaign.
The Sheriff's Office is participating in a big way -- and the competition is furious.
Normally, CCSO grooming standards don't allow deputies to wear beards. If you've seen our deputies out in the community this month, you may have noticed that's changed. 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 has once again 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."
The goal of "No-Shave November" is to raise cancer awareness by growing facial hair. To the deputies, it's even more than that -- the fundraiser has turned into a heated competition between the Corrections and Patrol Division No-Shave teams. The competition only intensified after Sheriff Roberts declared that the team that raises the most money gets to keep their facial hair until the first of the year.
With the end of the month coming Monday, competition has increased to the point that the teams have raised thousands of dollars in the last week alone. This has moved the Sheriff's Office into 6th place overall on the No-Shave website company leaderboard -- which has already raised over $1.3 million worldwide.
Want to contribute? Both Sheriff's Office No-Shave November Teams are online here.
As of mid-day on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the Sheriff's Office ranked 6th in company team fundraising overall, with $9,802 raised -- with funds going to the American Cancer Society.
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. 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 2015. The policy is currently scheduled to return to its previous terms promptly on Dec. 1, 2015.
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.
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office