Metro Transit police officer Bret Fraser spent 20 months growing out his hair, so long enough it could be put into ponytails. In less than 5 minutes on Thursday, his locks were gone.
Fraser, who has been with the transit agency's Northside Community Police Team for eight years, said he feels much more comfortable with his newly-minted crew cut. He grew his hair to 8 inches so he could donate it to a local organization that makes real-hair wigs for women with cancer.
"It's helping those who cant help themselves," Fraser said as he sat in the barber chair at Atl's Finest Weave Shop at West Broadway and Lyndale avenues N. in Minneapolis. "This offered a venue outside my job to do that."
Fraser has spent several hours at Atl's over the years holding conversations with patrons and staff in an effort build relationships between the community and police.
Several fellow officers gathered to give Fraser some good-natured ribbing and watch him lose his mop as stylist Selena Jackson ran her electric clipper through his lush blonde hair.
"You are an inspiration," said manager Leslie Baker. "Not many men donate their hair. I'm proud of you for doing that."
His hair will be sent to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which over the years has collected more than 600,000 ponytails and provided the funds to create more than 34,000 free real-hair wigs, which are distributed through select American Cancer Society wig banks across the country.