Local police go pink for breast cancer awareness

Portland Police will wear pink throughout October

The Salem Police Department's pink patrol car in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Salem PD)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to the disease that will claim the lives of an estimated 40,450 women this year.

As their way of raising awareness for breast cancer this month, the Salem Police Department will add a pink patrol car to its fleet.

“We are honored to roll out a pink patrol vehicle on October 1,” said Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw, whose division is responsible for the department’s fleet. “We want to show our support for all survivors and the cause of curing breast cancer.”

The car will be out for regular daily use and at police events in October.

Portland Police officers will wear pink in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. (PPB)
Portland Police officers will wear pink in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. (PPB)

The Portland Police Bureau is also getting in on the pink theme. Officers will sport pink caps, undershirts, socks, bootlaces and patches to show their support.

The bureau partners with Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington and officers will carry information cards and encourage the community to talk to them and share photos online with the #PPBPink.

The goal of Susan G. Komen is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by half and part of how they do that is by teaching early detection methods.