Hoover police today unveiled pink badges to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The department ordered 240 of the uniform badges for its employees and donned decals on all of the police Tahoes. "The Hoover Blue has added pink to our uniform for the month of October,'' said Hoover police Chief Nick Derzis. "We know that breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. We know that one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. We know that everybody here today directly or indirectly has been affected by some form of cancer. "
"We hope that by wearing pink, we can start a conversation and the conversation has to be about awareness,'' Derzis said. "Awareness is the issue."
The vehicle decals were paid for and donated by Chip Welch, owner of Industrial Chemicals and a board member of Crime Stoppers. The badges were paid for and donated by Frank Barefield, owner of Abbey Residential and Crime Stoppers' president.
"We had no idea the Hoover Police Department was doing this. They asked us to be here and they made a very nice donations to the American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer research,'' said Libba Hardwick of the ACS in Birmingham. "They are not only raising funds, but also awareness."
"Pink is the new deal, man. Pink is it,'' Derzis said. "We know that police officers wearing pink will certainly bring up some sort of conversation with the public. We want to start a conversation, and hopefully it does."
(article courtesy of Carol Robinson, al.com October 3, 2016)