Mt. Pleasant police change policy, will allow officers to have beards

Published: Dec. 31, 2019 at 10:44 AM EST
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant police officers may soon have a little more scruff on their face if they so choose.

The police department announced a policy change Tuesday and will now allow officers to have beards and keep them if they want. Police Chief Carl Ritchie hopes the move will help with recruiting.

In November, officers were given the option to grow beards for a donation to the American Cancer Society. Spokesman Chris Rosier said the repsonse and the donations were overwhelming.

“I don’t believe anyone who calls the police for help cares whether the responding officer has a beard or not.,” Ritchie said. “Our appearance in uniform may have changed, but our professionalism and dedication to our community has not. The women and men of the Mount Pleasant Police Department do extraordinary things in our Town every day, and our commitment to the highest quality of policing will never change.”

Ritchie added he believes it is important to adapt to changing generations to continue to attract quality applicants to the department.

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