From now until the end of May, you might notice a few changes in the way some Greensboro police officers look. You might see officers with streaks of green in their hair or sporting green nail polish. Male officers might be sporting beards.
Chief Wayne Scott is temporarily relaxing the department’s grooming standards to raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The awareness campaign is in support of an officer who is currently battling a TBI after suffering a head injury during a home improvement project.
“Green is the color associated with TBI and I think displaying this color will certainly cause members of the public to ask questions about it,” says Scott. “That opens the door for us to talk about how we are supporting one of our employees who is fighting to recover from this life-changing injury.”
When asked why he is temporarily allowing beards, Scott says: “Beards are a very different look for our officers. I hope the facial hair will cause members of the public to become inquisitive. Then, we can talk with them about why we are growing beards to raise awareness about TBI.”
The injured officer, whose name is being withheld at the request of his family, is a 19-year veteran of the Greensboro Police Department, who was injured in mid-January. After being hospitalized for more than a month, he has returned home and is slowly improving.
The special order permitting the relaxed grooming standards allows employees to:
- Wear full beards with mustaches
- Highlight hair green or wear green hair extensions
- Wear green nail polish and/or decorative nail art
On June 1, employees must revert the existing departmental directives which requires men to have clean shaven faces with the exception of neatly-trimmed mustaches.
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