Winters Police participating in Breast Cancer Awareness month donation drive

Pictured from left to right Sergeant McCoy, Detective Gonzalez, and Officer Pinette wear pink patches on their uniforms to stimulate conversation about breast cancer within the community.

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Winters’ finest are sporting pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and have invited the public to participate in the 2019 Pink Patch Program.

October marked the start of the Winters Police Department’s third year in the the project to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment, joining public safety agencies across the state. Community members can make donations of $10 or more to the department to receive a pink version of the Public Safety Officer’s uniform patch, with the proceeds going to the fight against breast cancer.

According to Community Service Officer Gail Jimenez, “The project goal is to raise funds from the sale of pink patches to go directly to fund the research, treatment and education needed to help find a cure and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease. The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversation with the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and the on-going fight against this disease.”

The Winters Police Department have partnered with the UC Davis Breast Health Center, which offers services ranging from prevention strategies and imaging to genetic counseling and specialty treatment.

Since beginning its participation in the program in 2017, the WPD and the Winters community have raised a total of $3,247, with $1020 in 2017 and $2227 in 2018.

There are an estimated 234,190 new cases of invasive breast cancer each year, and breast cancer affect one in eight women, according to the UC Davis Health Center. However, breast-cancer related deaths have been on the decline over the past several years with advances in prevention, detection and treatment.

Those interested in donating to the Pink Patch Project can go in person to the Winters Police Department at 702 Main St Winters, CA 95694 to purchase a Winters Police Pink Patch for $10 cash or check. Patches can also be purchased via mail, if the sender includes a self-addressed and stamped envelop. Donations will be accepted year-round.

Businesses and community events interested in partnering with the department should contact tips@winterspolice.org.

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