Policy Change Lets Waterloo Officers Grow Beards

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By Aaron Hepker

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — It's cold, so some Waterloo police officers are looking a little hairy.

When January started, so did a new policy that lets officers grow facial hair.

Officer James Oliver told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that, thanks to his full beard, his face is warm.

But that won't last. The winter cold will ebb, and the policy says the facial hair must be removed by May 1 and not be recultivated until Oct. 1.

Safety Services Director Daniel Trelka says the policy change empowers officers, giving them a say in their working conditions.

But, Trelka says, "We don't want them to look scraggly."

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