Today’s blog about innovative police officers using embroidered patches to fight cancer is from the Papillion Times: La Vista (Nebraska) police officers won’t only be fighting against crime in October, they’ll be fighting cancer.
LVPD will wear special pink patches on their uniforms in October in the continuing battle against cancer.
“Cancer affects many within the law enforcement community,” LVPD Chief Bob Lausten said. “We want to find a way to make a difference.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but Lausten said the project is designed to attack all forms of cancer.
Lausten said the Pink Patch Project got its start in California several years ago and is starting to gain traction across the country. Lausten worked for several years in law enforcement in California.
“I keep in touch through the Los Angeles Chiefs Association so I’ve known about this project for a couple of years,” Lausten said. “It’s been working its way east so I decided this was the time I wanted to do it.”
Thanks to the La Vista Fraternal Order of Police, patches, uniforms and shirts will be made available to all officers and staff members in October.
“They were going to buy patches for all of us to wear in October and we would remove them at the end of the month,” Lausten said. “But then the FOP agreed to buy all new uniforms with the patches for the officers to wear, and polos for the civilian workers. The officers will even have their names embroidered in pink.
“With the union stepping forward and agreeing to pay for the patches and uniforms, it’s really been a win-win situation for us.”
Lausten said LVPD is also bumping up its No-Shave November campaign a month early to aid in the support.
“Officers will pay to a local charity to not have to shave for a month,” Lausten said. “We decided to move it up a month and have all the guys donate to the cancer charity.”
The charity LVPD is working with is Scare Away Cancer, an Omaha organization that sponsors a large event each year at Halloween with proceeds going toward cancer research.
Patches will be available for purchase by the public for $10 apiece with all the proceeds going to Scare Away Cancer. Patches can be purchased at the LVPD, 7701 S. 96th St., or online at scareawaycancer.org.
Lausten said La Vista is the first law enforcement agency in Nebraska to get on board with the project, but he’s hopeful others will follow.
Papillion Police Chief Scott Lyons said the department is planning on taking part in the project as well, but is still in the early planning stages.
“We’re the only one’s for now, but we hope this peaks so
me interest,” he said. “We’ve sent info out to the other departments.”
Lausten is encouraging those interested in purchasing a patch to do so quickly.
“There’s a limited supply and they’re already going pretty fast,” he said.