Bearded police officers raising money for Christmas toy program

The Berea Police Department is growing beards as a way to raise awareness for the Christmas with a Cop program.

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BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ)– A lot of work places may have a facial hair policy, but very few of them have a policy that wants employees to grow it as long as they can.

“The beard contest, the chief and a lot of us discussed ways we could get the officers involved with getting some funds,” said Detective Aaron Boycan about the reason he other officers are now sporting beards during November which is “Beard” Month.

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The Berea Police Department is giving Santa a run for his money in more ways then one, growing the best beards they can in a competition-style fundraiser.

“It’s to raise awareness in order to bring some funds in for the Christmas with a Cop program,” Boycan said of the non-profit program.

The department provides toys and other items needed for children in the community, through the program.

“It means a lot to get to know them and mentor them and be a positive light,” explained Berea police officer Austin Davis.

“A lot of times we’ve seen kids who don’t want the big items, they’ll go in and want to buy needed items like socks for their families,” said Berea PIO Amanda Chitwood.

It’s been a hard year for everybody but this competition and the Christmas with a Cop event is a chance for the community and the Commonwealth.

“It’s important we all come together, not just Berea, but the Commonwealth, and a nation, as we continue to combat the changes and the challenges COVID has brought, but I’m super excited about the future,” said Berea police chief Eric Scott.

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