Maricopa Police Department joined a global campaign yesterday to bring awareness to breast cancer.  

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local cops are donning pink patches as a sign of commitment to support those battling breast cancer and to spread awareness about the disease. 

Pink represents hope, strength and a collective effort to find a cure for breast cancer. The color has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness since the Susan G. Komen Foundation debuted its pink ribbon in 1991. 

“This symbolic gesture represents our unwavering commitment to not only protect and serve our community but also to support the fighters, admire the survivors and honor the taken,” MPD Chief Mark Goodman said. 

The department hopes the pink patches will spark conversations within the community and remind people about the importance of regular screenings and early detection. 

The patches are also meant to support family members of cancer patients, letting them know they are not alone.  

Maricopa police asked the community to show support this month by donating to a breast cancer charity or organization and to wear pink clothing, ribbons and other accessories. 

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds us that strength, resilience and unity are essential values, both on and off duty,” Goodman said. “This month sheds light not only on breast cancer but all forms of this horrible disease and the importance of early detection.”