Belfast Police Department is participating in No-shave November, an event where men grow out their facial hair for an entire month and donate the money they would have spent on facial hair grooming to a cancer charity.

“If you notice the Officers of the Belfast Police Department appear a little less groomed than usual in the next month, it is because the Belfast Police Department will be participating in No-Shave November this year,” Chief Gerry Lincoln wrote on Facebook.

To Lincoln’s knowledge, it is the first year the department has participated in the event. Allowing employees to grow their facial hair out raises awareness for cancer patients who lose their hair, according to

The organization was founded in 2009 by a Chicago family who lost their father to colon cancer, according to the website. It has raised over $10 million for cancer prevention, education and research.

Lincoln said the department expects to donate about $200 over the course of the month from about a dozen participating officers. The event is completely voluntary for department employees.

“Anyone in the department who wants to participate, there’s an avenue and we’re happy to have them give to a good cause,” he said.

The department’s grooming standards prohibit officers from having beards, but do allow for a mustache, Lincoln said. Those standards are waived for officers participating in the event, but will be reinstated in December.

The department has received lots of public support on Facebook, he said. It also participates in some community events like the Waldo County YMCA’s Special Olympics. Lincoln thinks this is an event the department might participate in yearly if it is successful.

“It’s something we’re seeing how it goes,” he said. “If it’s something that seems to be successful, then we may continue it in the future.”