Patrol Cars and Patches: Going Pink For Breast Cancer
See how police are getting creative to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to support women who are battling the disease, celebrate those who have beaten it, remember those we've lost, and advocate for early detection and research to find a cure.While there are lots of ways people and organizations are marking the month, we noticed a cool trend: police departments coast-to-coast making a statement by "going pink" and giving back by raising money.
In COLORADO SPRINGS, CO , the El Paso County Sheriff's Office wrapped a patrol car in pink. It's a standout! Not only is 'Sheriff' written in bold pink letters on the doors, the hood features a pink agency shield! Check it out as workers do the wrap:
At the International Balloon Fiesta.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM police are marking the month by painting their brand new patrol car bright pink. It was featured at the local Care4Cancer Car Show to raise funds for the American Cancer Society . "Our mission with the car is to create breast cancer awareness, and acknowledge the fight against all cancer," said their Facebook page.
Police in NOVI, MI , and EL SEGUNDO, CA have pink cars, and they've opted to wear their pink on their chests as well. They're joining the thousands of officers across the country who will wear pink badges for the month of October as part of the Pink Patch Project . It's a fundraising and awareness-building campaign carried out by public safety agencies worldwide, including the guys in blue (below) in COHASSET, MA .
In SOMERVILLE, NJ they wrapped three police cars in pink this year, but they won't just be driving around town. My Central Jersey says the cars will be on display at the Far Hills Race Meeting on October 19, which has always supported health care. They've raised $18 million over the years for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where a third of patients are breast cancer patients. People who attend the annual horse races can donate, and sign their names on the police cars to show their support
"This campaign is proof positive that our police officers are deeply dedicated to the communities they serve." Somerset County (NJ) Prosecutor Michael Robertson
We'll wrap it up (pun intended) in GEORGIA which is well represented this year. The Woodstock Police Department has a wrapped patrol car driving around town. When you see it, they're encouraging you to sign it in honor of someone you know affected by breast cancer -- even if that person is you.
The Patch reports that over at the Johns Creek PD they've also decked out four police cars with special decals. They're asking everyone to take selfies with the cars and share them on social media to raise awareness.
Thanks to all our police officers for what they do to keep us safe every day, and for taking the time and effort to support the fight against breast cancer!
(Images: various department Facebook and Twitter pages)