NORTH HAVEN — Although they sold out quickly, the police department was able to raise $2,260 from the sale of commemorative uniform patches, tinted pink for breast cancer awareness, during October.
Lt. Andrew Stavrides and Sgt. Joseph Woznyk brought the check to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Nov. 27.
Capt. Kevin Glenn said the department ordered 200 of the special patches and gave about 100 to officers to wear during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The rest were available for purchase by the public.
By Oct. 6, the patches were sold out.
“The public was very supportive,” Glenn said. “We received a number of requests for more. Next year we’ll certainly make more patches available.”
The Pink Patch Project began in Irwindale, Calif. as a collaboration of several public safety agencies in and around Los Angeles County to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and treatment, according to the organization’s website.
Glenn said Stavrides heard about the project at a work-related conference and brought the idea to North Haven, making the department the first in Connecticut to partner with the Pink Patch Project.