The Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) raised $3,362 last month as part of No-Shave November. The money was raised through staff participation, t-shirt sales and ribbon pin sales, and will be donated to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

No-Shave November challenges participants to forgo shaving in order to provoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. Police Chief Police Sam Hargadine waived the ICPD’s standard grooming policy for the month of November to allow members of the department to participate in the national movement. 

More than 50 ICPD personnel participated in the fundraiser, and were encouraged to donate the money that would typically be spent on shaving and grooming. Additionally, the Iowa City Police Association Local #16 purchased and donated 100 lavender colored t-shirts emblazoned with the ICPD logo that members of the department could wear with a donation of at least $15. The ICPD raised $1,542 on the sale of all 100 t-shirts. Lavender represents the fight against all types of cancer. All ICPD marked patrol units also displayed lavender ribbons, which were donated by Zephyr Copies.

The ICPD participated in No-Shave November in honor of all those affected by cancer, including Lieutenant Mike Brotherton, Officer Dennis Kelly and Police Chaplain Larry Chambers, who are all in various stages of treatment for diagnosed cancer and related illnesses.

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

Date of publication

Monday, December 07, 2015