Pasadena Police Department Holiday Kick-off Event Brings an End to “No Shave November” Which Raised $5,800

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By ANDY VITALICIO with DAVID CROSS | Photography by JAMES CARBONE

5:45 am | November 30, 2018


The Pasadena Police Department kicked off the holiday season Thursday by lighting a Christmas tree at the station’s lobby and decorating doors in the building for a friendly, lighthearted competition.

“Our community relations division decorated the inside of the police station here,” Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. “We have a couple of things going on where we’ve actually erected a tree, put up lots of bows and ribbons and lighting up and down the lobby for the holiday season.”

The event marked the end of No-Shave November, during which officers and department employees put off shaving their facial hair for a month, and saved the money for cancer prevention, research and education. It also concluded this year’s Pink Patch project, another nationwide program that promotes cancer awareness.

The department was able to raise $5,800 from No-Shave November and the Pink Patch project, where uniformed officers and civilians wore a vibrant pink-tinted police department patch, and sold them as souvenirs to the public, along with pink patch pins, to raise money in support of breast cancer awareness.

“I know probably dozens of officers have paid their money and dozens of officers, including myself, have grown our beards out,” Clawson said.

Clawson said the officers and employees at the Pasadena Police Department were glad they can do something to encourage people to help in the campaign for cancer awareness and education.

“So it really spreads awareness and helps provide for research and funding for things that are in need,” Clawson said.

Officers also donated to a memorial fund for Gardena police officer Officer Toshio Hirai, 34, who died November 16 following a car crash.

Thursday’s holiday kick-off provided the last opportunities for the department’s officers and employees to take group photos with their beards on, before they start shaving them off Friday.

“We feel good doing this, and friendly competition is always good,” Clawson said. “And we can donate what we raised to a great cause.”