Florence Police officers sport beards to fight domestic violence

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Some police officers in Florence are putting down their razors and getting a little scruffy for a good cause.

It's a campaign called 'Beards for Bucks.' Any officer who wants to grow a beard these next few months has to put in a minimum of $25. It's to raise money for One Place of the Shoals.

"One of the oaths that you take as a public servant is to be part of that service oriented aspect of your community," said Sgt. Brad Holmes, who is partaking in the five o'clock shadow fundraiser this year. "We want our officers to really buy in and take ownership of the program. So, our officers are taking money out of their pockets and they are giving it to this cause."

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The goal this year is to raise $1,500 for One Place, a one stop shop for domestic violence victims.

"It wasn't long ago that Lauderdale County led the state of Alabama in domestic violence and domestic violence homicides," Holmes said. "This project allows us to help financially with that effort in stopping domestic violence but it also gives citizens of our community an opportunity to ask the question why we're growing the beard."

Holmes said those curious residents allow the department to talk about One Place.

"That's just as important as the money raised in this program."

This is the fourth year for 'Beards for Bucks'. Although it's primarily an officer funded mission, you can donate to One Place anytime by clicking here.