PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police officers to undergo change in appearance, change will cost them

Farmington, NM – During the month of November, the community may notice a change in our officers’ appearance…

And the change is all for a good cause! The Farmington Police Department will be participating in No-Shave November. This is a time when individuals stop putting a razor to their face and grow out their hair to help raise cancer awareness. Money that’s typically spent on shaving and grooming products is instead, donated to cancer related organizations.

Farmington chief of police, Steve Hebbe, approved officers to take part in this initiative, with one caveat: they must pay to participate. The department’s involvement in No-Shave November will benefit not one, but two causes: cancer awareness and the local Shop with Your Cops program.

The idea was raised after one of FPD’s shift sergeants learned the program was looking for sponsors. Shop with Your Cops is an annual, multi-agency law enforcement event that helps create memorable Christmases for children in our community. The event is organized and managed by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Foundation. The foundation’s 2016 goal is to provide EVERY child referred to the program, with the experience of shopping with their cops.

“Our community, like so many others, is experiencing economic hardships,” explained Georgette Allen, public information officer. “No-Shave November is close to the holidays. By participating in this initiative in such a way, we can help increase cancer awareness and provide assistance to families right here in San Juan County.”

Officers were informed of this fundraising event on November 4 and donations immediately came in, including from Chief Hebbe, who will be sporting a goatee. Minimum donations are $25 to grow a goatee and $40 to grow a beard. Officers must pay prior to growing their chosen facial hair.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to this year’s Shop with Your Cops event, can mail a check or money order to the SJCSO Foundation 211 S. Oliver Aztec, NM 87410. To make a donation with a debit or credit card, or for more information, email sjcsofoundation@gmail.com .

If you would like to make a donation toward a local cancer organization, visit sanjuanmedicalfoundation.com

PRESS RELEASE: Law Enforcement Torch Run to host fire truck pull benefiting Special Olympics

Farmington, NM – The Four Corners Law Enforcement Torch Run would like to invite the public to attend the 2016 LETR Fire Truck Pull benefiting Special Olympics. The event will take place on Saturday, November 19 at the Farmington Museum. Registration begins at 12:00 p.m. and the first pull is at 1:00. This free, family-friendly event will provide a variety of festivities, including face painting, touch-a-truck with SWAT, fire, and EMS, exhibitors, food and more.

Anyone who would like to form a team and compete in the pull may download forms from the events page at fpdnm.org or contact Officer Brian Johnston at (505) 258-8615. Teams must be comprised of 10-12 people. Entry fee is $50 per team member with the minimum team fee being $500. All registration fees benefit the Special Olympics.

Farmington Police Department has been a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics and an active member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. “The LETR is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. It engages law enforcement worldwide, championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Over the years, the Torch Run has evolved and now encompasses a variety of innovative fundraising platforms,” letr.org.

Media is welcome to attend this event.