Sarasota County, Florida -- The Sarasota Police Department is Going Pink!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and officers with the Sarasota Police Department are working to raise breast cancer awareness.
To show support for women and men fighting breast cancer and remember those who have passed away, Officer Kimberle Vespia submitted a proposal to Chief Bernadette DiPino regarding members of the department. Officers will show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing either a pink police badge or a pink mourning band over their badge.
Officer Kimberle Vespia added, "I thought it was important because breast cancer is a disease that affects everyone. Seeing that people and the public generally look at officers as authoritative figures, this gives us a chance to show our human side."
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreased in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.