The Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) is participating in No-Shave November to support cancer research.  As part of No-Shave November, Police Chief Police Sam Hargadine has waived the ICPD’s standard grooming policy for the month to allow members of the department to participate in the national movement.  No-Shave November challenges participants to forgo shaving in order to provoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. 

In addition to waiving the grooming policy, Chief Hargadine has also authorized the modification of the uniform policy for the month of November. As the color lavender represents the fight against all types of cancer, officers and members of ICPD will have the option to wear a lavender t-shirt with their uniforms rather than the standard blue or black t-shirt. The Iowa City Police Association Local #16 (ICPA #16) purchased and donated 100 lavender colored t-shirts emblazoned with the ICPD logo that members of the department can wear when a donation of at least $15 is made. Additionally, all ICPD marked patrol units will have lavender ribbons prominently displayed.  All costs for materials related to the ribbons were donated directly to the ICPD by Zephyr Copies.

The ICPD has recently been directly affected by the disease.  Lieutenant Mike Brotherton, Officer Dennis Kelly and Police Chaplain Larry Chambers are all in various stages of treatment for diagnosed cancer and related illnesses.

Members of the ICPD are encouraged to donate the money that would typically be spent on shaving and grooming to cancer research and awareness. One hundred percent of the donations gathered by the ICPD during the month of November will be donated directly to Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

For more information, contact Sergeant Scott Gaarde at 319-356-5293 or

Date of publication

Monday, November 02, 2015