Getting arrested is something no one wants to have happen to them, but for the third straight October, the Chillicothe Police Department hopes to arrest many citizens, all for a good cause.
For the entire month of October, the Chillicothe Police Department will participate in the Cuffs for a Cure campaign to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
Chillicothe Police Sgt. Nick Bridges came up with the idea of Cuffs for a Cure three years ago to help bring awareness to the community.
“Since October is breast cancer awareness month, I originally got the idea while watching sports,” Bridges said. “...Sports teams usually do something cool throughout the month to raise money for breast cancer and I wanted to start something that would be good for the community.”
A “warrant” to arrest a citizen is issued through a letter by the police department. Citizens wanting to be “arrested” will then be then placed under “arrest” and will have to post a bail of $100. In exchange, the person arrested will receive a Cuffs for a Cure T-shirt, as a receipt that they payed their bail.
Along with issuing “warrants” and “arresting” citizens, the police department will wear pink uniform shirts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and will feature pink ribbons on their patrol vehicles to help raise awareness for breast cancer.
“We hope to bring awareness to the community,” Bridges said. “This is just another way we can spread a positive message throughout the community and ultimately do something good, for a good cause.”
Last year, the Chillicothe Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 247 raised $4,700 from the Cuffs for a Cure campaign. To date, they have raised $8,500.
With all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise $5,000 this year.
“Arrested” citizens will be rounded up on Oct. 16 and will be recognized during the first and second quarters of the IVC football game.
Anyone wanting to participate in this year’s campaign and get cuffed for a cure should contact Bridges or the Chillicothe Police Department.