METHUEN -- Mayor Steve Zanni and Chief Joseph Solomon are pleased to announce that the Methuen Police Department will wear pink badges as part of their uniform and showcase their Cruiser of Hope in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Cruiser of Hope, or just “Hope,” as the officers call her, was officially put on the road this summer to serve as a symbol for the Methuen Police to show their support for those fighting against breast cancer, and to recognize the many survivors who serve as an inspiration to others.
to see a newly released video highlighting Hope's role in the Methuen Police Department produced by Meredith Berg of MDB Productions.
Hope will be present at the Methuen Police Department's Open House this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"The Methuen Police Department is incredibly committed to the fight against breast cancer," Chief Solomon said. "We are proud to support our community members fighting for their lives and those that have survived, and we encourage our Methuen residents to do the same."
The department's pink badges were purchased through Blackinton
, the largest manufacturer of police, fire, security, military, and government badges and uniform insignia in the United States. The company launched their Breast Cancer line of pink badges in 2012 and have since donated $11,000 of the proceeds to charity.
This is the second year police have worn pink badges. In the past, they have outfitted standard badges with pink bands. The badges will be worn through the month of October.
"I applaud the efforts of Methuen police officers to support Breast Cancer Awareness month," Mayor Zanni said. "The department supports many initiatives, from substance abuse recovery to fighting cancer, which shows the level of care they show to our community members."
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.:
• One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
Each year, it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,000 will die.