OPD ChiefOWENSBORO, Ky. (10/23/17) — How far will an Owensboro Police Officer go to support a great cause?

According to OPD 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). This is the third year for the fuzzy fundraiser to span November, December and January.

The causes that are benefitting from the event are OPD’s fifth 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 police officers.

Ealum recognized the enthusiasm that the idea brought to several officers and decided to implement it. Yet, ever mindful of keeping a positive image of OPD in the community’s eyes, certain rules were applied; such as a1-inch length restriction.

Thanks to the generosity of approximately 60 OPD members, the department expects to raise around $5,000.

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