As researchers make gains to find more treatment options for breast cancer, police departments throughout the country are increasing public awareness about the importance of early detection while raising funds for additional research.
The national public awareness and fundraising campaign is called the Pink Badge Project and runs through the end of October. The Falmouth Police Department is participating for the fourth year in a row. Officers are wearing vibrant pink patches on their uniforms and the shield on the Falmouth Police Department cruisers is temporarily pink.
To raise funds, the department is selling the limited edition pink patch that features a pair of pink ribbons alongside the town seal, along with T-shirts and hats. The patch is $10, hats are $20, and T-shirts are $20 for sizes small through extra-large and $25 for double and triple extra-large. Merchandise can be purchased at the Falmouth police station any time of day. In the past the items were also sold at town hall, the chamber of commerce and at banks, but COVID-19 closures prevented that this year.
In prior years, funds raised have been donated to Cape Cod Healthcare Cancer Services at the Clark Cancer Center and Seifer Women’s Health & Imaging Center in Falmouth. Falmouth Police Chief Edward A. Dunne said he has not yet selected the recipient of the funds, but wants to spread out the proceeds to different organizations.
The department raised approximately $3,400 in 2017, $1,000 in 2018, and $2,000 last year.
The Pink Badge Project began at the Seal Beach Police Department in California in 2013. More than 500 police and fire departments participate and have raised $1.4 million.
“It is a great cause to participate in and support,” the chief said.