How far will an Owensboro Police Officer go to support a great cause? According to Chief Art Ealum, the answer is one inch!
That’s because sworn personnel here at OPD who donate money for two great causes will be allowed to grow beards (up to one inch in length). This is the third year of this fundraiser, and it will take place during the months of November, December, and January.
The two great causes that are benefitting from this event are OPD’s fifth annual Operation Santa which is a food donation program aimed at helping those in need within our community during the holiday season; and Camp K.O.P.S., which is a crime prevention program aimed at allowing local Kids to experience fun camping activities while Obtaining Positive Structure from our officers.
Chief Ealum recognized the enthusiasm that this idea brought to several officers and decided to implement it. But, ever mindful of keeping a positive image of OPD in the community’s eyes, certain rules were applied; such as a one-inch length restriction. Thanks to the generosity of approximately 60 OPD members, we expect to raise in the neighborhood of $5,000.00!
So, if you see OPD personnel starting to look as if they need to stand a little closer to their razors, don’t be alarmed, it’s for a good cause – our community.