School Police honor cancer patients, fellow officers with commemorative markings

Posted: Tuesday, September 26th 2017


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The San Diego Unified School Police Department protects and serves more than 120,000 district students and staff on a daily basis. 

Their dedication extends beyond the school and into the larger community where they also honor causes close to their heart. One is cancer; the other is fellow first responders. 

During the month of October 2017, the San Diego Unified School Police Department will take part in the “The Pink Patch Project,” an innovative public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease. 

The project centers on vibrant pink versions of the public safety officer's uniform patch. These pink patches are specially designed by each participating agency specifically for this campaign. The wearing of the pink patches on the officer’s uniform is intended to stimulate conversation with the community and to encourage discussion with the public about the importance of early detection and treatment in the ongoing fight against breast cancer.

All San Diego Unified School Police uniformed personnel will be authorized to proudly wear the "Pink" shoulder patch as a reminder of our dedication to our school communities and this campaign. 

Officers wore similar markings during September to honor all children battling cancer. In partnership with Ace Uniforms, San Diego Unified School Police are wearing a golden epilate on their left shoulder with a Cancer Awareness pin to help bring awareness to the childhood cancer fight.

In addition to cancer, San Diego Unified School Police honored the 71 police officers and 343 firefighters who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. School Police joins each year in honoring the fallen heroes by wearing the same commemorative badge worn by fellow first responders. 

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