MADISON, NJ -The Pink Patch Project (PPP) is an innovative public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations battling breast cancer. According to Lieutenant Joseph Longo of the Madison Police Department, the program centers on vibrant pink versions of a police officer's uniform patch. The bright pink patches are designed by each participating agency specifically for the PPP campaign. The wearing of the pink patches on the officer’s uniform is intended to stimulate conversation with the community and to encourage discussion with the public about the importance of early detection and treatment in the on-going fight against this disease.
The Madison Police Department and PBA Local No. 92 have been supporting and participating in the Rose City Tie One On campaign for several years. A few years ago, the Madison Police Chief, Chief Darren P. Dachisen noticed a police department participating in the Pink Patch Program via social media and felt the need to have the officers involved as an organization in supporting awareness of breast cancer.
In addition to selling patches at the Public Safety Building, the Police Department will be selling patches and pink PBA t-Shirts on Bottle Hill Day. Lieutenant Longo is involved in overseeing the ordering of stock including patches and t-shirts and supporting the awareness of breast cancer.
This year the Madison Police Department and PBA Local 92 have partnered with the Harding Township Police Department and Harding Township PBA Local 340. The Harding Township police patch is also available for sale in Madison as is the Madison patch available at the Harding Township Police Station. The patches were paid for by each police union respectively and all of the proceeds will benefit the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center. Carol Simon was a long-time resident of Harding Township. The Madison Police Chief, Chief Darren Dachisen wears a pink police badge during the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.