Two Irwindale Police officers sport beards in preparation for shaving. Courtesy Irwindale Police Department
Two Irwindale Police officers sport beards in preparation for shaving. Courtesy Irwindale Police Department

If you’ve heard anything about Irwindale, it may have to do with questions about city finances and hiring, or a failed attempt to build a football stadium for the Los Angeles Rams.

One day after a state audit raised questions about the city’s financial operations, but found no illegal activities, the city of Irwindale will have a lighter moment Wednesday as male police officers ceremoniously shave for the first time in a month in an effort to boost awareness of men’s health concerns.

The “No Shave November” Shave Off begins at 6 p.m. at the Irwindale Police Department located at 5050 N. Irwindale Ave.

During the month of November, IPD officers grew beards, goatees and mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health, joining the nationwide challenge, according to an IPD statement.

“The Irwindale Police Department believes that a healthy community is a happy community. When people are healthy, it has a positive impact on their physical, mental, and social well-being,” the statement said. “We also believe that as a law enforcement agency, we are in a unique position to have a positive impact on the community through our many interactions with them in a variety of situations.”

Male officers and staff members had the option of growing facial hair throughout the month of November and women participants wore a flower arrangement or large bow in their hair while at work, police said.

The facial hair for men and flower arrangement for women were intended to stimulate conversations with the community about men’s health issues and to encourage a healthy lifestyle, police said.

The department has partnered with Azusa barbershop, El Barber, who will be conducting the shave off at the station.

The department began participating in No Shave November last year when the department’s Corp. Shan Jenkins was battling cancer.

—City News Service

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