ITHACA.N.Y.(WENY)-- For the entire month of October, the Ithaca Police Department is sporting pink badges. This is the third year in a row that the IPD is trading in their regular badges for pink ones to raise awareness for breast cancer and donate to the Cancer Resource Center. The officers were asked to either buy a badge, which the proceeds go towards the center, or just donate directly. No matter which one they chose to do, officers told WENY news that they want to do all they can to raise awareness. 

"One of the things about the pink badges is not only does it support the cause, but it gets people to come up to us and say "hey that's a cool badge."I had two guys yesterday come up and say  "I like your badge. what's that for" and it get's us talking and it's another way for us to get out and talk to people in the community, so it's a win win," says Sergeant Barry Bandfield, Ithaca Police Department.

Sergeant Banfield told WENY News that the IPD typically raises about $1,500 every year for the cancer resource center through this pink badge initiative. He also told WENY that the company who makes the badges donate 10% of all proceeds when making these pink badges.