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Orange badges turning pink

Police support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Members of the Orange Police Department are wearing pink badges through the month of October to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From left to right is Chief Robert Haigh, Sgt. Craig Lundgren and Sgt. James Sullivan.

Submitted photo Members of the Orange Police Department are wearing pink badges through the month of October to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From left to right is Chief Robert Haigh, Sgt. Craig Lundgren and Sgt. James Sullivan.

ORANGE — Visitors may do a double-take, but by the end of this month, Orange residents will be quite accustomed to seeing their police officers wearing pink — badges, that is.

Throughout the month of October, all uniformed regular duty and reserve officers will wear pink badges in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Chief Robert Haigh came up with the idea when he saw the pink badges in a police supply catalog. “They had this option and I thought it was unique and I ran with it,” he said.

Haigh said he sent an email to all the officers to see if they wanted to take part in the initiative. “I threw theidea out there and said I’d like to have everyone on board with it … I had a good positive reaction from all the officers in our department.”

Haigh said he doesn’t know of any other police departments that have initiated a similar campaign.

Haigh said the badges are official and are identical to regular badges except for the pink background. “They’re real badges with each officer’s rank and identification number.”

Each Orange police officer purchased his/her own badge for $66 with their individual clothing allowance.

Haigh said the initiative demonstrates the Orange Police Department’s support for the need for more awareness around breast cancer.

He said his mother has twice beaten breast cancer and other Orange police officers have also been personally affected by the disease. He added that early detection may have been the key to his mother’s survival the second time she contracted the disease.

“If we can inspire even one person to go out and get checked, it will be worth it,” Haigh said.

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