SALEM, Oregon — Salem Police Department announced on Friday that they added a pink patrol car In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“We are honored to roll out a pink patrol vehicle on October 1. We want to show our support for all survivors and the cause of curing breast cancer.” Deputy Chief, Steve Bellshaw, said.
Like many families in our community and across the nation, the Salem Police Department family has experienced the impact of breast cancer on its members, family and friends.
The Salem Police family of officers, civilian staff, dispatchers and their families understand first-hand the effects of the disease and some of them gathered together on Friday morning for the special unveiling. Salem Police Department explained, in a statement.
The vehicle will be assigned to patrol for daily use, and it will also be available for viewing at upcoming police events during the month of October.
Statistics revealed that one in eight women will be diagnosed breast cancer in her lifetime. It affects both biological women and transgender women under hormone therapy.
Last year, Karen Long, an Orlando police officer who was still on the job while fighting breast cancer for a second time, was honoured with a pink patrol car. Unfortunately, she lost her battle to cancer.
Source: Salem Police Department / NBC News