Police to grow beards for winter

Things are going to get hairy for the Wilton Police Department this winter.
For the months of November through January, the Wilton Police Commission and Chief of Police Bob Crosby have approved officers to grow beards.
Officers requested permission to do this, as a fund-raiser to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as depression and prostate cancer. They did it last year for the first time and raised thousands.
“Officers will be allowed to grow facial hair if they donate $50 per month,” Crosby said in a statement.
The officers will donate the funds to the Wilton Police Benevolent Association, the PBA, which in turn will donate to the charity voted on by the officers.
This year the officers decided to donate half the funds raised to St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, a charitable grassroots organization run by St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation that provides cancer education, screening and prevention programs at low or no cost for the underinsured and uninsured.
In addition, the swim helps individual cancer patients with specific needs, such as the funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day care scholarships, and support groups.
The other half will be donated to a Wilton town employee who has a child with a physical disability. The funds will be used to purchase a new handicapped-accessible van.
Sgt. David Hartman, president of the Wilton PBA, said he is thrilled the organization can help. “One of the goals of the PBA is to assist those in need, and this fund-raiser is one more way to accomplish this goal,” he said in a press release.
Also, a GoFundMe account will be on the Wilton Police Department’s Facebook page for those who would like to assist in the fund-raiser.
Checks may also be mailed directly to the Wilton PBA at 240 Danbury Road, Wilton CT 06897.