North Charleston PD goes shirtless for Special Olympics calendar

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Selling a calendar for charity is something most people don't have an issue with, but what if the calendar features twelve officers in various poses, some without their shirts?

Twelve months, twelve badges, twelve hard bodies and one very proud chief of police.

"We're proud of what we are doing," North Charleston Chief Jon Zumalt said."We are proud of our force and this is something we want to do, to highlight some of the guys on the department."

Chief Zumalt says he's wanted his officers to be featured in calendar like this for years. He says since he came to the department he's been clear that fitness is key for a strong force and the calendar reflects that.

Mr. January, swat team member Rob Kruger, says other departments across the nation sell calendars for charity all the time. He says being featured gives citizens a reason to approach officers.

"We're out there talking to the community more just because of the calendars," Kruger said.

Each calendar costs $15 and all of the proceeds will go to the Special Olympics. Paula Byers, marketing and development director for the Lowcountry Special Olympics, says it's doing good while having fun.

"It's a fit because their mission is Special Olympics and it has a little twist to it that makes it more interesting than a calendar of animals of the arctic or something," Byers said.

The North Charleston Police Department says they're excited about this calendar. They say they are thinking about doing another one next year. The calendars are available for purchase on the second floor of North Charleston City Hall in police administration.

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