Seal Beach Police officers display the special pink patch embroidered on their traditional uniforms to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month.
For October, officers at the Seal Beach Police Department will wear special pink patches to promote breast cancer awareness.
It’ll make Seal Beach one of the only police departments in the country to mark breast cancer awareness month that way.
“You won’t have to go to a sports event to see some pink,” police Chief Joe Stilinovich told the City Council on Monday night.
Stilinovich’s staff didn’t turn up any other breast cancer awareness emblems. An Internet search turned up one news article about the police department in West Point, Va., sporting a patch with a pink ribbon replacing their regular insignia.
The Seal Beach Police Officer’s Association purchased the patches and donated them to the department. They will be sold at the end of the month to collectors for $20, meaning there’s no cost to the city.
“We’re raising awareness, we’re raising money for charity and there’s zero cost to the taxpayer,” Stilinovich said.
The Pink Patch Project is run in partnership with the Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation, a Long Beach-based organization that provides emotional support and cancer education to law enforcement personnel, according to a press release.
Seal Beach police Sgt. Steve Bowles is treasurer of the LECSF, whose website says he’s survived Stage 2 melanoma.
About 350 patches were purchased, according to Department spokesman Ron LaVelle. Most patches will be sold at the flat rate, while the uniform worn by Chief Stilinovich, along with its patches, may be auctioned off at the end of the month. All proceeds will go to the LECSF.
The patches were made by National Emblem, a company that has made cancer-themed products for others, including sports teams, according to account executive Dave Wilson.
But making cancer awareness emblems for a police department was a new development for National Emblem, he said.
“This looks to me like the only public safety department that has asked to do this,” Wilson said.
Anyone interested in purchasing the patches at the end of October can call Amanda Webber at 562-799-4100 ext. 1123 or email her at email@example.com.