No Shave November
Members of the Boston Police Department Area A, Districts 1 and 15, which cover the downtown area of Boston, including Chinatown, Beacon Hill, Bay Village, the Waterfront and the Financial District as well as Charlestown participated in “No Shave November” benefiting Home Base Veteran and Family Care which is a fundraiser raise awareness and money for veterans with PTSD. They were sponsored by the “Friends of the Boston Police” and Oleg Uretsky, CEO of Heldge Capital who donated a total of $2,000 in the name of BPD A-1 and A-15.
The month culminated in the “2022 Alpha Force Mustache Competition” where the participants from A-1 and A-15, referred to as “Alpha Force”, shaved their beards into mustaches in anticipation of resuming normal grooming standards for uniformed police officer and to compete for a “major award.” The female Police Officers of both stations formed a selection committee to pick the best mustache and established a still secret criteria for selection. Each shift submitted recommendations to the selection committee which then formed a secret conclave. Once the submission deadline elapsed at midnight on November 30th, the selection committee voted throughout the night and into the next day in order to select the winner. The selection committee was proud to announce the winner of the “2022 Alpha Force Mustache Competition” was Police Officer Mark Cassino, who is assigned to the midnight shift Downtown at Area A-1. Officer Cassino is an avid outdoorsman and skilled fisherman and it was reported by the selection committee that he won the competition in a “landslide.”