LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — During the month of November, some Lafayette police officers are breaking department policy for a good cause.
Chief Patrick Flannelly and Captain Kurt Wolf started the Don't Fear the Beard campaign. 48 officers gave a donation to the United Way of Greater Lafayette. To show solidarity, they grew their beards out. Department policy dictates officers can only have a mustache, but Mayor Tony Roswarski lifted the ban for the month.
Wolf said the mayor was more than willing.
"We'd like to thank the mayor for allowing us to do it," Wolf said. "We're glad we were able to contribute to the United Way. They do wonderful things in the community. It's just great to be a part of that."
Wolf said it's been a long time since he even tried to grow a beard.
"For some guys, it's a struggle, but they're still doing it as a fundraiser," Wolf said. "Others grow very good beards. I struggle a little bit. Others do very well."
LPD was able to raise $1,600 for the United Way. Wolf hopes other police and fire departments from the area will join next year.
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