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APD officers don ‘pink patches’ to promote breast cancer awareness

APD officers holding their Pink PatchesOctober is breast cancer awareness month, and officers from the MSP Airport Police Department (APD) are making a visible change to show their support and get involved. The APD is proud to announce its participation in the Pink Patch Project.

This initiative is a public awareness campaign to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease.

For the month of October, APD officers have the option to purchase and exchange their standard department shoulder patches and replace them with a vibrant pink version in support of breast cancer awareness.

The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversation between police and the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and the on-going fight against this disease. The APD will now join hundreds of other worldwide public safety agencies representing police officers, sheriff's deputies, fire departments, EMS providers and other federal departments who show their support every October.

Pink Patches are available for public purchase from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. The patches are $10 if you buy them in-person at the Terminal 1 Police Operations Center (POC) or by sending a check in the mail. You can also order a patch online to be mailed to you for $11 (the extra dollar is a processing fee). Click here for more information.

There will also be future opportunities to purchase the Pink Patches in-person with cash or check. Future events include the upcoming Coffee with a Cop event – look for more details soon!

Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer accounts for about 30 percent of all new female cancers each year. Overall, women in the U.S. have about a 13 percent chance (1 in 8) of developing breast cancer throughout their lives. But men can get it, too.

APD employees look forward to engaging with each of you. Your support will directly help promote breast cancer awareness!