KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Department Launches “No Shave November” Campaign for Charity

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Department Launches "No Shave November" Campaign for Charity
DATE: November 1, 2021
Beginning Monday, November 1st, area citizens may start noticing some stubble on the faces of some of Kingsport’s Police Officers. K.P.D. is launching a “No Shave November” campaign to raise funds for a very worthwhile cause.

While Kingsport Police Department policies typically require employees to maintain a traditional conservative appearance, during the month of November, K.P.D. will temporarily relax these standards and allow employees to select one of the following options:

· Employees may choose to grow and maintain a neatly-groomed beard

· Employees may choose to wear blue jeans on Fridays (non-uniformed personnel only)

· Employees may choose to wear a solid-color ribbon in one of the traditionally associated cancer awareness colors

All K.P.D. employees are being encouraged to participate. In order to take part in this campaign, employees are asked to make at least a $35 donation to the K.P.D. Employee Fund. Citizens, businesses, and other organizations can also join K.P.D.’s campaign by mailing or hand-delivering monetary donations of any amount to the Kingsport Justice Center.

Cash donations must be hand-delivered. Donations by check may either be hand-delivered or mailed. Checks should be written to “K.P.D. Employee Fund” with “No Shave November” written in the memo line on the bottom left of the check.

Mailed checks must be received by December 1st and should be sent to:

K.P.D. Employee Fund

No Shave November Campaign

200 Shelby Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

The “No Shave November” campaign has been centered around finding a cure and prevention of cancer for many years. As such, upon completion of the K.P.D. campaign, all funds raised will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

K.P.D. is also extremely pleased to announce that Holston Medical Group (HMG) has graciously offered to match any funds raised by employees and citizen donations up to $5,000. K.P.D. and HMG are excited about this community partnership and look forward to working together for such an important cause.

“While any and all cancer research and treatments are incredibly worthwhile, it causes me great pause when I think of a small child or an infant having to fight this dreaded disease. I truly hope that each of you consider making a contribution to this worthy cause,” said Chief of Police Dale Phipps. “We want to express our sincere appreciation to all employees, citizens, and our community partner Holston Medical Group for their generous support toward this campaign.”

Effective December 1st, K.P.D. employees will return to the traditional conservative appearance standards that citizens have come to expect.

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)


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