North Liberty police continue to break department policy (for a good cause)

Starting Nov. 1, North Liberty police officers will have a short reprieve from the department’s strict no-beards-in-uniform policy. Participating officers will make donations to the annual Domestic Violence Intervention Program holiday toy drive and the department’s Shop with a Cop program.

The department has a history of supporting the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s toy drive; members of the department donate annually to the program’s toy drive, and officer Juan Santiago has been working with the DVIP and its toy drive for more than a decade. This is the third year the department has hosted Shop with a Cop, were local elementary schoolers do holiday shopping, wrapping and dinner with local officers.

The department won’t forego all shaving; they’re limited to a tidy beard or goatee.