University of Illinois police officers will bend their normal appearance standards in November to raise money and awareness for men's health issues.
Officers have been granted permission to grow beards between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 as part of "No Shave November." Any officer who wants to participate must donate at least $20 to charity. Police officers are looking forward to talking about their beards and the charitable cause behind them as they patrol campus.
The University of Illinois Police Department plans to spread the word throughout the month via social media, too.
"As public servants we are asked very often to help raise money for quite a few worthy causes, but this is something we have all been looking forward to," said Officer Jason Bradley. "Men all over the country get to participate in No Shave November, but we were left out until this year."
For the other 11 months of the year, police officers must adhere to strict appearance guidelines — that means no beards or goatees. While University of Illinois police officers have been granted a little leniency for November, they have still been ordered to keep their facial hair groomed and in good taste.
The University of Illinois Police is working aggressively with the Champaign Police Department to address the recent criminal activity in the campus district and will work to keep the community informed about our efforts.
Members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to follow these safety tips to decrease their potential for becoming a victim:
-Stay alert - call the police immediately to report suspicious activity and/or if this subject is observed.
-Trust your instincts - if it does not feel right, call for help.
-Avoid walking alone at night. Travel in groups when possible and always walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.
-Turn down your electronic devices. Excessive volume or use of electronic devices (iPods, PDAs, cell phones, etc.) can distract you from potential safety hazards.
-If you choose to consume alcohol, please drink moderately - remember your ability to respond is diminished by over-consumption of alcohol.
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