Steuben County, NY (WENY) – Police Officers in Steuben County will be growing their beards to raise money and awareness for cancer. No-Shave November is a non-profit organization partnered with the American Cancer Society. The No-Shave November campaign aims to spread awareness about the hardships cancer patients face by growing your hair, which many patients lose during treatment.

“We think it's important that we get involved in the community in ways just besides being police officers. When we respond to calls people will see us with our beards growing in, they can maybe ask or we can tell them that we are doing this for cancer, and cancer seems to hit home with anyone in the world today,” said Anthony Sanford, Corning Police Officer and PBA President.

Women on the force have been given the option to paint their nails bright colors or wear their hair down in a braid. Corning Police Department is participating for the first time and the Steuben County Sheriff's Office wanted to show their support again this year.

“I think it's a fantastic way to benefit the citizens of Steuben County with money for the cancer society and cancer research and also for all that they do here in the county. But also I think it makes the deputies and correction officers more approachable,” said Steuben County Sheriff, Jim Allard.

Participating officers are encouraged to donate the money they usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month, to educate the public about cancer prevention and aid those fighting the disease.