HPD officers compete in "No Shave November" for charity

The community will see a scruffier version of Hattiesburg police officers, but all for a good cause.
On Nov. 1, officers started taking part in No Shave November. With a $25 entry “fee,” officers can forego shaving for the month of November and all proceeds will be donated to the department’s benevolent fund.
An extra $25 will allow them to forego shaving through December.
“No Shave November is a great way for our officers to share in the spirit of the season while raising money for our benevolent fund, which allows us to stretch our charitable arm a little farther throughout the community,” Chief Anthony Parker said.
The department’s benevolent fund provides a way for the Hattiesburg Police Department to support a variety of charitable organizations throughout the community during the holiday season, as well as supporting its officers and families during challenging times.
Photos of participating officers will be posted on the department’s Facebook page to track each officer’s progress. At the end of November, the public will have an opportunity to vote on a “People’s Choice” award for best beard.
“This is an event that members of the department look forward to, and we all look forward to seeing who has the best beard by the end of the season,” Parker said. “For the community to be involved in the voting, is just one more way we can be involved with them, but the real winners are those we get to impact with the dollars raised.”
The department’s Facebook page can be accessed by visiting, www.facebook.com/HattiesburgPoliceDepartment.