Among the numerous things police officers have to worry about on a daily basis is public perception. Physical appearance, of course, plays an extensive role in our impressions of our community’s finest.

That, in part, is why the Hays Police Department puts forth certain policies regarding facial hair.

But, by this point in the month, 30 members of the HPD might be looking a little rough around the edges.

We welcome the scraggliness that comes with the crew’s latest initiative.

The department’s campaign as part of “No-Shave November,” has things getting a little hairy around the office as they’ve agreed put down the razors until Dec. 1.

It even has led to the force having a little fun with its social media, as the HPD has been counting down the best “cop staches” sported through time.

The latest was a throwback version of Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin boasting his best Magnum P.I. look — or perhaps Barney Miller if you prefer.

But while it’s brought about some fun and reminiscing of some of the more memorable looks, the real intention behind the HPD’s participation is what’s most commendable.

Through its campaign, the department is raising awareness and funds for cancer research.

“The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free,” the non-profit states at

“Every family has been affected by cancer. This is important to us,” said Lt. Tim Greenwood, the team’s captain after the team gathered for a pre-beard portrait to start the month.

We couldn’t agree more. The effort is worth acclaim, and also worth a donation toward the cause.

Follow the Hays Police Department on its Facebook page, or head to to help out the team. At last look, Greenwood was leading the way at $200 of his $250 campaign goal.

Let’s all pitch in, and embrace the shagginess — regardless of how hairy things might get.

Editorial by Nick McQueen