By Division of Adult Parole Operations staff

The Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) Southern Region Headquarters (SRHQ) became the first CDCR entity to participate in the Pink Patch Project for Breast Cancer Awareness.

The Southern Region participated in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 2017. All proceeds went to the California Breast Cancer Research Program-University of California System.

The fundraiser pre-sale of a DAPO pink patch and pink lapel pin set was held in July 2017. SRHQ spearheaded the fundraiser and offered two styles, so that sworn and non-sworn staff could participate. A total of $4,750 were raised for this inaugural event.

Sworn and non-sworn, staff members from the Southern Region, 60 field units and headquarters participated in the Pink Patch Campaign. In addition, many retired staff, sworn and non-sworn, from the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) and from various local and out of state law enforcement agencies participated in purchasing the pink patch and pin set.

Southern Region staff wanted to be a part of The Pink Patch Project, an innovative public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease. The effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association and several public safety agencies in Los Angeles County and now including CDCR have united with cancer research organizations to raise public awareness and raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment.

CDCR ran their own campaign independently and wanted to make sure that all staff, sworn and non-sworn, would be able to participate. Vibrant pink patches were designed for both sworn and non-sworn staff and a matching lapel pin specifically for the Pink Patch Project campaign.