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Posted on: November 29, 2016

Police Department Part of Nationwide Effort to Fight Breast Cancer via Pink Patch Project

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The Irwindale Police Department is a proud founding member of the Pink Patch Project.

In a press conference and check presentation held this morning at City of Hope in Duarte, California, Chief Anthony Miranda announced on behalf of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association (LACPCA) that over $325,000.00 was raised nationally through the 2016 Pink Patch Project. The Irwindale Police Department raised over $15,000.00 towards this goal.

The Pink Patch Project is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association and eighty-two (82) public safety agencies across the nation, including police, sheriff, fire, EMS, and Federal agencies in California, New York, Colorado, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Indiana, Iowa, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Maryland. 

The program centered on vibrant pink versions of each agency’s uniform patch, which they wore on their uniforms during “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” this past October. The pink patches stimulated conversations with the community and encouraged public awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer. 

These agencies also sold their pink patches to their communities, along with commemorative tee-shirts, challenge coins, and other pink patch items. Nationally, over 28,000 pink patches were distributed and over $325,000.00 was raised through the sale of these items. The proceeds from these fundraising efforts went to fund breast cancer education, research, and treatment programs throughout the country. 

Many of these agencies, including the Irwindale Police Department, chose City of Hope as the recipient of their fundraising efforts. During today’s ceremony, Monterey Park Police Chief Jim Smith, the current LACPCA President, along with representatives from these agencies, presented a check in excess of $205,000.00, along with a commemorative wall plaque with images of all 82 pink patches, to City of Hope representatives. 

For more information on the Pink Patch Project, visit the website.
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