Most law enforcement agencies have strict policies when it comes to having facial hair. The Dutchess County Sheriff's Department has high standards when it comes to the appearance of its officers. But, there are a couple of months out of the year when there are exceptions.

The Dutchess County Sheriff allows male officers to grow facial hair all month long in November and December but there is a catch. The officers who participate need to pay in order to grow the facial hair. The mission is called Dutchess County Grow4Good. The funds that are collected during those months go towards helping people in the community.

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The 2023 Dutchess County Grow4Good was a huge success and raised over $5,000 for local charities and families in need. The money was raised by members of The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and The DCSEA Jail Union, who made donations to grow facial hair during the months of November and December. To date, this event has raised over $40,000 in its 5-year existence.

Dutchess County Sheriff's Office Donates to Hudson Valley Charities

The funds raised from Dutchess County Grow4Good were divided between several local charities. Sparrow’s Nest, WRRV's Shop With A Cop, and The Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation all received funds to help give back to the community.

WRRV received $2,000 for next year's event. WRRV teams up with local law enforcement to take local children on a shopping spree with a hero at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall. The event has raised thousands and has helped over 100 kids since its first year.

Chuck Merrihew
Chuck Merrihew

If you'd like to donate you can mail or drop off monetary donations via check made out to "Town of Poughkeepsie PBA" to our station located at 2 Pendell Rd in Poughkeepsie, New York 12601.

Emotional Photos from WRRV's Shop with a Cop 2022