Keller Citizen

Roanoke PD growing beards for good cause


Policing in Roanoke is getting hairy.

The Roanoke Police Department is participating in No-Shave November, a non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research and education.

During this month, participants don’t shave in an effort to raise awareness and funds.

And in Roanoke, police officers are “having a good time with it,” as they can ignore the department’s rule against beards.

“Normally we stay clean shaven,” said Police Chief Gary Johnson. “It’s a fun thing for the officers and their families to see that happen.”

Johnson said he heard about some other police departments around the country participating in the effort, and thought it was a “neat idea” to benefit a “good cause.”

Officers are encouraging folks around town to donate on the department’s page at People can donate in any officer’s name, or the department’s, or neither, if they want.

The page shows that four days in, the department has already beaten its goal of raising $1,500.

Nineteen officers are participating, according to the city, and at the end of the month, Johnson said, the department will give some awards to officers for different categories.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST