ARt EalumOWENSBORO, Ky. (10/18/19) — How far will an Owensboro Police Officer go to support a great cause?

According to Chief Art Ealum, the answer is, 1 inch.

That’s because sworn personnel at OPD who donate money for two great causes will be allowed to grow beards (up to 1 inch in length), the chief reported, through February. This is the fifth year for thefundraiser, and it has grown to five months allowing for even more money to be raised for these events.

OPD explained two great causes that are benefitting from this event are OPD’s seventh annual Operation Santa, which is a food donation program aimed at helping those in need within the 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 OPD 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 1-inch length restriction on facial hair.

"Thanks to the generosity of more than 60 OPD members, we expect to raise more than $7,000," Ealum said. "And, if you want to donate to our fund raising cause, just call or stop by.

The chief added, anyone who sees 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."

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