Mission police go ‘shaggy’ in November, raise money for domestic abuse shelter

Janeé Hanzlick, Chief John Simmons, Nancy Yount and Mike Press, all show their November beards - fake and real. Yount, Press and Simmons are board members for SAFEHOME.
Janeé Hanzlick, Chief John Simmons, Nancy Yount and Mike Press, all show their November beards – fake and real. Yount, Press and Simmons are board members for SAFEHOME. Hanzlick is executive director.

A group of Mission police officers have been getting “shaggy” for SAFEHOME, the domestic abuse support group that runs Johnson County’s only shelter.

Shaggy buttonMission Police Chief John Simmons, who serves on the SAFEHOME board, gave his officers a choice of going the month of November without shaving if they wrote a check for SAFEHOME equal to what they saved in shaving supplies. “It’s unusual for police to be this scruffy”, said Simmons. Department rules allow only a mustache.

Writing checks today for SAFEHOME were 12 officers, about 40 percent of the department, who Simmons has been referring to as the “dirty dozen.” They can continue with “No Shave November” for the rest of the month.

Next year, Simmons says, he plans to extend the challenge across the city.

SAFEHOME Executive Director Janeé Hanzlick said the shelter ran at 110 percent capacity last year, sometimes putting people on couches and cots. The police officers are “the guys at the scene of domestic violence …. they help get victims to our shelter.”

SAFEHOME provides a number of services, including support, shelter, food and a crisis hotline. More on how to help can be found here.

Mission police officers who participated in No-Shave November assembled before turning over their contributions to SAFEHOME.
Mission police officers who participated in No-Shave November assembled before turning over their contributions to SAFEHOME.