Norfolk police, local barbers team up to give free back-to-school haircuts

A photo from a "Five-0 and Fades" event in January. (Bill Cole/WAVY)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Norfolk Police Department is teaming up with local barbers to give free back-to-school haircuts.

Boys and young men ages five to 18 can get a free haircut on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Southside STEM Academy at Campostella.

Twenty-five barbers will be on hand to give 300 haircuts and encouraging words to inspire a successful school year. Norfolk police officers will also be in attendance.

The event will feature games, basketball and food, too.

“I’m grateful to be in such a unique position now, having lived as a kid with the challenges of hunger and homelessness… where a fresh haircut, a backpack or new sneakers were not available to me for the first day of school for many years. I understand giving back can change lives and elevate self-esteem,” Norfolk Police Chief L.D. Boone said in a release issued Friday.

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