By Cara McCarthy
Framingham State police officers will be wearing pink police badges on their uniforms for the month of October to help raise awareness for breast cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
FSUPD, along with other police departments across the country, have begun to wear pink police badges since Oct. 1.
According to the campaigns website, “The Pink Patch Project is an innovative public awareness campaign to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations.”
Starting in 2013 with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Pink Patch Project has since reached more than 300 police agencies.
Since the project was started, the Pink Patch Project has raised approximately $1 million for various breast cancer foundations across the country and has sold 900,000 patches, according to the campaign website.
According to an Oct. 1 press release on Framingham State University’s website, the project was started by the Los Angeles Police Chiefs’ Association and is now implemented by public safety departments around the world.
In the press release, FSUPD Sgt. Martin Laughlin said, “Participating in the Pink Patch Project enables our department to support a great cause, while also allowing us to interact with members of our community in a new way. All of our officers are on board and excited to help out.”
Members of the Framingham State community also have the ability to purchase the patches and donate to the cause. All proceeds raised from selling the patches will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
This is the first year FSUPD has participated in the campaign, but they plan to participate in it for years to come, according to Laughlin.
He said, “We just want to get the word out there that breast cancer is a very serious disease, as well as cancer itself.”
The patches will be on sale in the campus bookstore for $10 until they run out. They can also be purchased on the campus bookstore website.
In the press release, FSU President F. Javier Cevallos stated, “We are lucky to have an outstanding University police department. This initiative is just another example of how invested they are in the safety and well-being of our community.”
Laughlin said, “We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of purchases of patches sold, which is a very good thing. We just want to let people know that the patches are here. Anything they can do to help would be incredible for the foundation itself.”
Although the patches are only guaranteed through October, Laughlin said they are trying to make the patches available for sale for the remainder of the school year.