Sunday, January 29, 2023

Free haircut, anyone?

NORFOLK — This city’s police community outreach initiative,”Five-0 and Fades” will give 400 free haircuts to school age boys 5-18 years old.

It will happen during the 2nd Annual Five-O and Fades Back to School Haircuts event on Sunday (Sept. 2), 10 a.m.- 5p.m. at the Southside STEM Academy, 1106 Campostella Road.

Worth noting: The first 300 school age boys to receive haircuts will get a backpack, according to a news release from the city.

Participants must be accompanied by an adult to receive a haircut. Adults are not limited to the number of youth they can bring to receive haircuts.

There will also be a block party so youth and their families can meet with Norfolk officers – there will be free food and fun activities, including K-9 and bomb robot demonstrations, and social services information.

Officials said this year’s partners include 7-Eleven, SunTrust Bank and A Mother’s Cry 16, along with returning partners, the Five-O and Fades barber’s and Norfolk Public Schools.

“I’m grateful our officers and community partners are on one accord to genuinely touch students,” said Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone. “We take our outreach opportunities seriously, especially with our youth. We don’t just give kids a backpack, a pat on the back and say, ‘good luck.’ We are far more invested, and better than that. I believe in providing education with impact while we have their attention.”

“There will be information and conversations about gun violence through our partnership with A Mother’s Cry 16, a nonprofit, anti-gun violence organization of mother’s who have lost their children to bullets,” Boone continued. “This is what a true community win looks like when we gather and partner in the best interest of each other, for meaningful outcomes.”

The Five-0 and Fades outreach initiative was launched January 2017. Several Norfolk barbershops serve as the backdrop for the conversations that assist to bridge the gap for mutual respect.

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