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Norfolk Cops and Barbers Ready to Give Free Back to School Haircuts and Encouragement

September 1, 2017 | Virginia News

Norfolk Police community outreach initiative, "Five-0 and Fades" is prepared for an epic giveback of 300 free haircuts to school age boys, 5-18 years old, Sunday, September 3, 2017, 11am-6pm, at the Southside STEM Academy, Campostella Road, Norfolk.

In addition to the free haircuts, there will be numerous opportunities for youth and their families to engage with Norfolk officers in a block party atmosphere of games, free food and fun activities, to include outdoor movies, K-9 and bomb robot demonstrations, and social services information. NFL free agent and Norfolk native, Mike Wyche, will share his story of overcoming obstacles of gun violence and drugs, and encourage youth for a successful school year.

Chief of Police, L.D. Boone, knows this type of outreach creates positive community synergy. “I’m grateful to be in such a unique position now, having lived as a kid with the challenges of hunger and homelessness…where a fresh haircut, a back pack or new sneakers were not available to me for the first day of school for many years. I understand giving back can change lives and elevate self-esteem. This Sunday, cops and barbers will touch hundreds of hearts with haircuts!”

The Five-0 and Fades outreach initiative was launched January 2017, with a "live" community barbershop forum, for discussions on difficult topics between officers and young men.
Several Norfolk barbershops serve as the backdrop for the conversations that will assist to bridge the gap for mutual respect.

Youth must be accompanied by an adult to receive a haircut.

For more information, contact Karen Parker-Chesson, Norfolk Police Community Relations Manager at (757) 390-1954