Once a year, the Lone Tree Police Department will relax some of its rules on facial hair. November is an opportunity for officers to grow full beards for a good cause. Whether you call it “No Shave …
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Once a year, the Lone Tree Police Department will relax some of its rules on facial hair. November is an opportunity for officers to grow full beards for a good cause.
Whether you call it “No Shave November,” “Grow-vember” or “Movember,” this month is a chance for all facial hair growers to promote awareness of men's health issues, including prostate and testicular cancers.
Officer Reid Perry of the LTPD said it's one of his favorite times of year.
“I love having a beard and any chance I get to grow it out and not shave for a month, I'll do it,” Perry said. “This is my one time a year I get to grow the whole thing out.”
A handful of LTPD officers took part in the facial hair festivities this year. To Perry, it's a chance to build fellowship among officers and department staff.
The LTPD has rules for its officers that male officers can't grow anything more than a goatee to keep with a professional standard.
“It is good for the community because it is a visible way to show the LTPD is supporting an issue that effects all of us in every community,” Chief Kirk Wilson said.
The mustachioed officers — or full-bearded ones, like Perry — at LTPD have raised more than $1,700 so far this year. Last year, the group raised $1,870. The officers have their own donation page set up at Movember.com, the headquarter site for the month-long movement. Officers either donated money themselves or reached out to the community for donations. To donate, visit moteam.co/lone-tree.
The Lone Tree Voice sat down with Perry to talk about his facial hair setup and some grooming tips along the way.
“We're in the 21st century,” Perry said. “It's not viewed as being dirty or slovenly. The (former) CEO of Apple (Steve Jobs) walked around with a full bead. If it's good enough for him, it's good enough for a dumb cop like me.”
Is there a certain look you're going for with your mustache?
Not for this. My older brother is a lineman for an electrical company. He gets to have it all the time. I'm trying to catch up to him as much as I can in six weeks. For the mustache, I do try to keep with the Magnum P.I. look. I try to keep it right at the edge of the lips.
Is there a mustache you aspire to have?
That would be Magnum P.I. (fictional character played by Tom Selleck), or from Quigley Down Under (also Selleck). Him or Sam Elliott. (Elliott's) has years of service on it. That mustache has been around longer than I've been alive. That right there is what we all want to look like.
Are there any secrets to growing a good mustache?
I'm trying something new this year. I'm going with a natural soap. It's not even a bottle. I bought it off an internet site, so it doesn't have any extra chemicals or detergents. The weird part about is it doesn't lather as much.
How important is it to take care of your mustache?
It's extremely important. I pride myself on personal hygiene. I like looking clean-shaven. On my days off I'll relax a little bit. But I'm researching soap. I'm figuring out which one is the best for me. Every night I shower, try to wash the beard. Then I comb through it to make sure all the hairs are laying the same way. If you let them do their own thing, I found it will irritate your skin. If you make sure their all straight and lined up at least twice a day, it makes it so your face isn't angry with the fact you're growing a beard.
Why is it important to do this as a department?
It's the camaraderie. Being in the police department, you join a brotherhood. You come together and it doesn't matter if this person was born in California or Colorado — we were all raised in different places, but now we all have a common job and common goal. And ribbing each other about 'Hey you got a bunch of gray hair.' It's another way for us to come together to joke and have fun.
What does this cause mean to you?
If there's anything I can do to lessen my chance of dying, I'm going to go for it. We have high cholesterol in my family, so there's not anything I can do to donate to that, but I can pursue being healthy there, being healthy with prostate awareness and all that. We did breast cancer awareness month last month. My wife's family has a lot of breast cancer in their family, so that's very near and dear to me, so we donated to that. She was like 'Hey we're going to try to make it so you don't die from this, too.' Any way I can lessen my chances of dying, I'm all about it.
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