- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 8, 2015

Police officers in Greenfield, Massachusetts, have started arresting suspects with pink handcuffs in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Greenfield Massachusetts Police Department announced the move last week on Facebook.

“Officers of the Greenfield Police Department have ‘gone pink’ in order to raise awareness for the disease!” the department said. “All of our officers have changed their collar pins, which were blue and white state seals to pink and white pins which states ‘ARREST BREAST CANCER — UNLOCK THE CURE’ surrounding a pink ribbon and a pair of handcuffs.

“Some of our officers have even replaced their on duty silver handcuffs with pink ones and will be using them during the course of their work day,” the statement added. “Help us ARREST BREAST CANCER by spreading the word and by making your own early detection plan.”

Comments on the Facebook post appeared mixed. Some called it a positive initiative while others expressed shock at the idea.

“Mixing together a restraining device and symbol of awareness of a serious illness does not send the right message,” one commenter wrote.

The liberal ThinkProgress news blog called the initiative “astonishingly tone-deaf.”

“[T]he proliferation of pink brand campaigns has contributed little to breast cancer research,” Aviva Shen wrote for ThinkProgress. “Many of the purported charities that capitalize on the attention prioritize profits over patients. And research suggests that the constant pink marketing campaigns actually make people take breast cancer less seriously.”

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