Washoe Sheriff relaxes grooming standards for charity period

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - In 2016, Washoe County Sheriff's Office participation in “Movember” proved to be such a success that Sheriff Chuck Allen has once again relaxed grooming standards for all staff willing to make monthly charitable donations during December, January, February and March. In all, more than $18,000 was raised for selected charities.

For 2017/2018, the Sheriff’s Office is planning ahead and taking advantage of last year’s multi-month “no shave” success.

In exchange for a monthly charitable donation from November through March, deputies will be allowed to grow facial hair outside the normal grooming standard. Female deputies are allowed to have relaxed hair standards in exchange for the monthly donation, and civilians may either take advantage of the relaxed grooming standards or wear jeans or hats.

At the end of each month, the donations will be presented to the charity or foundation represented that month. The organizations chosen for 2017/2018 are:

November: Nevada Cancer Coalition

December: Brittany Hartzell Baguley Memorial Scholarship Fund: Washoe County Sheriff’s Office staff donated more than $6,000 to a scholarship fund created in memory of one of the Sheriff’s Office former crime lab criminalists during the second month of the Sheriff’s five-month “no shave” charitable campaign.

Sheriff Chuck Allen and members of the Sheriff’s Office staff presented a check for $6,336 to Jeff Baguley for the Brittany Hartzell Baguley Memorial Scholarship Fund through Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Dr. Brittany Baguley was a Senior Criminalist/DNA Technical Leader with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Division for 10 years before she passed away in 2016. Her contributions to the community were significant, processing more than 700 cases through the analysis of trace material and DNA evidence. Dr. Baguley’s alma mater, Linfield College, posthumously recognized her achievements with their Distinguished Alumna award.

The Brittany Hartzell Baguley Memorial Fund was established in honor of Dr. Baguley’s commitment to service and her generous spirit. The scholarship supports Linfield College chemistry students seeking to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Baguley by working to improve the world through science.

January: COPs (Concerns of Police Survivors): The Northern Nevada Concerns of Police Survivors is a non-profit organization, which provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Northern Nevada C.O.P.S. provides emotional and financial support as well as legal assistance to survivors of fallen officers.

Northern Nevada Concerns of Police Survivors responds after line-of-duty deaths to support the surviving family members, offering support as long as needed to all survivors. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a years, support is just a phone call away.

February: Special Olympics Northern Nevada

March: Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation

WCSO staff joins Sheriff Allen for check presentation to Brittany Baguley's husband Jeff Baguley.
Dr. Brittany Baguley photo courtesy WCSO