Keller Citizen

Roanoke Police Department raise nearly $6K for cancer research

The Roanoke Police Department had a “huge success” with its first try at No-Shave November to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.

Police Chief Gary Johnson allowed officers to ignore the department’s no-beard policy for the month of November to participate in No-Shave November, an awareness effort to support cancer research. The department hoped to raise $1,500.

“We reached that almost the first day,” Johnson said.

Donations continued to come in even after December began, but in early December, $5,900 had been donated on the department’s webpage at

“It was very successful, we raised a good amount of money and everybody enjoyed it,” Johnson said. “It’s a win all the way around.”

Johnson said the dozens of officers who participated “had a lot of fun with it,” including kidding each other about gray hairs or parts that didn’t fill in, and several learned just how itchy a full beard can be.

It was the first year the department joined the fundraiser, and it won’t be the last.

“As much success as we’ve had this year, we’ll definitely do it again next year,” Johnson said.

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