If you’ve noticed that some of the Brookfield’s finest are looking a little scruffy lately, don’t worry, the hygiene isn’t slipping — those beards are on purpose.

The Brookfield Police Department has declared November “Beards and Badges” Month, and officers are raising funds to help support the Special Olympics. The department has participated in fundraising efforts in the past for the organization, joining with other departments in the Cop on a Rooftop program at Dunkin Donuts and the Special Olympics Torch Run.

According to Officer David Harrison, who is spearheading the effort, police are “trying to give back” to a worthy organization and chose growing beards as part of the fundraising effort, because it spurs conversations with citizens.

You see, beards area typically against regulations, so they tend to stand out.

“It makes people approach you, and you get to explain the cause,” Harrison said.

The department is collecting funds online at a GoFundMe page that can be found at www.gofund.me/fv7vwv38. They are also accepting donations at the police station, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

To date, the effort has raised nearly $1,000.