Washoe Sheriff relaxes grooming standards for charity period

Photo courtesy WCSO
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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 once again relaxed grooming standards for all staff willing to make monthly charitable donations during December, January, February, March and April. In all, more than $18,000 was raised for selected charities.

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

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

At the end of each month, donations were 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


The second cause is in support of Sheriff’s Office staffers who will participate in this year’s Police Unity Tour. The Police Unity Tour was founded in 1997 by a group of law enforcement officers from New Jersey. Since then, law enforcement officers nationwide have ridden the 300-plus-mile trip, with the purpose of raising awareness and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Annual participation in the ride has grown from 18 members to more than 2,200 nationwide, including members from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Riders start from various points on the east coast and end their ride at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. For more information about the Police Unity Tour, click here.

WCSO check presentation to Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation
Dr. Brittany Baguley photo courtesy WCSO
COPS check donation courtesy WCSO
Courtesy WCSO: COPS President Jennifer Grant-Blount, Sheriff Chuck Allen and Treasurer Doug McPartland