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Posted on: November 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] WPD Takes Part In No Shave November

Is that a new look for the Wellesley Police?Off Barros No Shave November

Several Wellesley Police Department members are once again participating in “No Shave November” for the third consecutive year.   Each November, participants from around the world, including many local law enforcement agencies, put down their razors to join the fight against cancer by raising awareness and encouraging fundraising.  Every dollar raised  supports efforts to fund cancer research and education to prevent and try to cure cancer of any form.

Members of the Wellesley Police Department who participate will each donate $100 to Cops for Kids with Cancer.  This organization supports families with children battling cancer. The families may receive a check for $5,000 or more to help improve their quality of life while their child is battling this terrible disease.  

Wellesley Police Chief Jack Pilecki has authorized members of the Wellesley Police Department to participate in this event and waived the standard facial hair grooming policy that the Department has in place.   This temporary waiver allows officers to grow out their facial hair in support of the international campaign.  During the month, the officers participating will let their previously unseen beards grow out and take on a 'unique' look.  

Normally, Wellesley Police Department members are required to be clean shaven while on duty except for moustaches.  Department members will then gather at the end of the month for an unofficial determination of who looks the best...and the worst...with a beard.  As a spoiler alert, some members are sporting a lot more 'gray' hair in their beards than was previously known!   Other members have opted to donate the money and stay clean shaven,  having experienced a beard for a month in previous years. 

no shave 2020Residents who would like to support this cause are encouraged to learn more and donate through the Cops for Kids with Cancer website.  

About No-Shave November:

Each year approximately 400,000 children are diagnosed with cancer.  The mission of “No Shave November” is to not only raise funds for cancer research and treatment, but also to educate the public about preventative measures.  Learn more at

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