Fayetteville Police officers April through October are allowed to wear goatees or mustaches, otherwise they must be clean-shaven, but from Nov. 1 to March 31, full beards for men are actually encouraged as a way to raise money and awareness for the Piedmont Fayette Hospital Cancer Wellness Center.
“We look forward to this campaign every year,” said C.A.R.E. Unit Officer Eddie Hernandez, who helps promote the city-wide effort. “Last year, we raised around $3,000 through the contributions of 21 bearded officers and support from the community, but we also helped highlight the good work they do at the Piedmont Fayette Hospital Cancer Wellness Center.
“Not long ago, we lost one of our own officers to cancer, so No-Shave November is also a sort of memorial for us at the Fayetteville Police Department,” Hernandez said.
Here’s how it works. Each officer or other City personnel participant donates $25 a month for a total of $100 (or more) during the four-month campaign. At the end of the campaign, a beard-busting party takes place at J. Sam’s Barber Shop in Historic Downtown Fayetteville, where celebrants also dig into good food and fellowship.