CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) The Laramie County Sheriff’s Office deputies have the opportunity to patrol with beards during the months of January and February to raise money for Special Olympics Wyoming. Deputies will make a donation to the nonprofit for the chance to grow facial hair while in uniform. The female deputies participating are able to paint their fingernails with the colors of their choice. The deputies will also be accepting donations from the community members as a “vote” for the deputy with the “best beard.” Lieutenant Kevin James says male deputies are normally limited to mustaches and goatees and women can typically only use clear nail polish.
“Deputies have had a lot of fun with this,” explains Lt. Kevin James of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office. “It gives us an opportunity to do something different for a great cause.”
The fundraiser is called Donate to Insulate 2020 and while it’s just a few weeks in, the department hopes it will open up lines of communication between the department and residents while raising money for a good cause.
“Even if it’s on something like a traffic stop or something like that, what’s important to us is that community interaction,” said Lt. James. “We’re there to do a job but we’re there to serve the community. We want to be approachable and we would love it if those people would talk about those things with us and maybe break that barrier down a little bit.”
All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to support Special Olympics of Wyoming. To make a donation you can head to Laramie County Sheriff’s Department Special Olympics Wyoming and keep an eye on their Facebook page to vote on your favorite beard at Laramie County Sheriff’s Office Facebook