Springfield police officers are donating $100 to be used towards Springfield’s Shop with a Cop event in exchange for a “relaxed look”.
With a $100 donation, male officers were permitted the growth of facial hair and female officers were permitted to wear their hair down.
A total of 20 officers at the Springfield Police Department are participating, raising $2,000.
The Springfield Police Department plans to use the funds to host a ‘Shop with a Cop’ event in December.
"This year, the fundraiser will continue through January 2022, allowing additional funds to be raised for a larger ‘Shop with a Cop’ event,” said Lieutenant Charles Haynes. “Hopefully, this will make the holidays more cheerful, especially for those affected by COVID or other circumstances.” Lieutenant Charles Haynes and Police Chief Jason Head are working together to coordinate the fundraiser.
In addition to giving back to the community they serve, the fundraiser allows officers to have some fun in the process. An award will be given to the officer with the best beard, determined by a post to the City of Springfield’s Facebook page that will allow citizens to vote for their favorite beard.
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