No Shave November: Minot Police Department raises money by growing beards

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November brings a chance to bend the rules — just a little.

Minot Police Department policy says officers can have mustaches, but no beards.

That’s, in part, in an effort to maintain a professional appearance, but also for safety reasons.

“We do have gas masks that need to seal and it can cause issues with that so it’s a combination,” explained Police Chief John Klug.

The one-month exception comes with a condition, though. Officers must pay $1 a day in advance for the month of November and the money goes beyond the beards.

It’s also to raise awareness for men’s cancer — and it works. People take notice.

“We get a lot of comments,” said Klug. “I get a number of comments just like, people notice the difference. And it’s like…yeah, I forgot to shave.”

About $1,000 has been raised that will be donated locally.

Plus, it’s all in good fun.

“People that aren’t very…beard worthy…people like to make fun of them,” Chief Klug said with a laugh. “And people with the really good thick beards, they’re definitely called out as well. So it brings a lot of fun conversation to the workplace and that’s a good change of pace for us.”

So if you see some cops in need of a shave…it’s coming soon.

This year, a total of $1,600 has been raised by Minot police.

That’s between both October and November.

In October, officers can pay to wear a pink ribbon or a shirt with a pink patch to raise awareness for women’s cancer.

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