A collaboration between the Riley County Police Department and the local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) will bring a new look to several officers in November and benefit low income families in the community at the same time. “Hair for the Holidays” will begin on November 1, 2017 and will allow officers the opportunity to forgo shaving for 30 days, presuming they donate $100.00 to the FOP Cops N' Kids program.
Cops N' Kids is a program that supports families in the community that cannot afford holiday presents and has been an annual program in the Manhattan and Riley County area for 27 years. Each December a group of police officers, detectives, and corrections officers join forces to take several area children shopping. Historically the program has served approximately 50 families each year.
Residents and visitors of Riley County can expect to see officers sporting facial hair for the cause beginning on November 1, 2017 and ending November 30, 2017. Officers appearances will remain professional and each officer participating in the program will be equipped with cards listing instructions on how to find out more information.
Guidelines for Participating Employees: Participating members will present a professional image at all times. RCPD will ensure participants present a neat, conservative, professional image while participating in the program. Failure to strictly adhere to the standard set herein, or with the spirit of the standard, can be immediately removed from the program and required to correct any identified deficiency. Extreme, eccentric, or faddish beard or mustache styles are not authorized during the temporary waiver permitted by program participation. If dyes, tints, bleaches, or other color corrective measures are taken, participants must choose a natural color. Colors that detract from a professional appearance are prohibited. The edges of the facial hair must be neatly groomed, well-defined, and continuous. The length and bulk of the facial hair will be uniform, may not be excessive, and must present a neat and conservative appearance. The hair will be tapered, meaning the outline will conform to the shape of the jaw and face, and combed in a neat, cleanly, appearance. Participants will not be permitted to twist, tie, braid, dreadlock, or otherwise manipulate the facial hair. Sideburns are not permissible; if a member chooses to participate, they may either grow a mustache, beard, or goatee. Any facial hair grown must conform to the standards, and spirit thereof, herein. Faddish and exaggerated styles are not permitted. The bottom line of any facial hair (goatee or beard) will truncate at the intersection of the jaw and neck and will not extend onto the neckline or touch the collar of the shirt, or at a location where the collar would otherwise be located. The outer extent of the facial hair will not extend beyond the jaw line or extend above a line drawn from the upper-outer portion of the nostrils to the upper attachment point of the ear. Members will not be permitted to participate if presence of facial hair would negatively impact any required equipment, or may be required to unexpectedly remove the facial hair if such a conflict arises.
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