Public Safety Officers Grow Beards, Mustaches for Cancer Research

Colleen Locke | November 21, 2016
Chief Donald Baynard, Patrolman Scott Rose, Lt. Paul Arnstein, Sgt. Kris Kamborian, Patrolman Zach Keenan, and ISO Sean Haidul

Chief Donald Baynard, Patrolman Scott Rose, Lt. Paul Arnstein, Sgt. Kris Kamborian, Patrolman Zach Keenan, and ISO Sean Haidul
Image by: Colleen Locke

Goal Is to Raise $2,250 by End of No-Shave November

Some of the patrolmen you see on the UMass Boston campus are looking a little different this month. Members of UMass Boston’s Police Department are taking part in No-Shave November, growing mustaches and beards to benefit cancer research and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“People look at police officers and they say, ‘What’s going on there?’” said Lt. Paul Arnstein. “We can use that as an opportunity to spread the word. I don’t know anybody that really hasn’t been affected by cancer, so this is our small way of [offering our support], and we’re happy to do it.”  

Each participating officer has pledged at least $50 – money which would have gone to razors and shaving cream – and now they are asking the UMass Boston community for their support. You can donate online or in person at police headquarters, located on the first floor of the Quinn Administration Building. The goal is to raise $2,250 for St. Jude.

This is the first time the police department has participated in this particular effort, but three years ago, officers shaved their heads to help security guard John Pelton with his medical expenses.

“We’re out there in the public eye. People see us all the time. We interact with different people all the time. It’s a way to show that we care and we want to be involved in the community,” Sgt. Kristopher Kamborian said.

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Posted by Sgt. Kristopher M. Kamborian | November 22, 2016 - 9:23 a.m.


Thank you for covering our story and getting the word out to the community for us to raise more money for a great cause!

Posted by Monica Calzolari | November 21, 2016 - 4:53 p.m.

I would not have known this if Colleen had not written a story about it. Thanks.