The Johnston Police Officers looked a little different during November, but it was all for a good cause. Officers and other city staff could donate money to grow a beard during the “No-Shave November” campaign. This year, the Johnston Police Department raised over $1,500, which was donated to Starts Right Here.
“This is our fourth year of the campaign, and it is always a fun way to get officers and our community involved in giving back,” said Police Chief Dennis McDaniel. “The involvement among our department has certainly grown over the years. We are proud to give back to our youth and Starts Right Here. These kids are the future of our generation. It is an honor to give to this organization this year, to give these kids hope and courage.”
Starts Right Here is an organization that encourages collaboration to enable and empower young people to interact constructively in schools, with police officers and other government and civic leaders to promote positive life choices. The young people attending Starts Right Here have a roadmap to a secure future and a path to increasing their quality of life.
The best beard behind the badge for 2020 went to Officer Abell for the second year in a row. Judges said his beard was well-groomed. The department would like to thank members and businesses who donated.
Officers will go back to their normal uniform policy after March 31st, but they hope the awareness raised during November will make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of children at Starts Right Here. Together we can make a difference, and this year has certainly taught each of us that.