Atoka police officers patrol the city in pink

(WMC-TV) - You might look twice at police officers in Atoka, Tennessee this month, as they patrol the city while wearing pink.

"I think its fabulous," resident Gayle Dulaney said. "I've been personally touched by it, my three sons father passed away."

Officers are hitting the streets all month - donned in pink shirts - to help raise awareness about breast cancer.

"Six out of ten women are diagnosed early with breast cancer, and when diagnosed, it's a 98 percent five year survival rate," city administrator Brian Koral said.

Atoka's police chief, Jessie Poole, has been personally touched by the disease. His wife is a breast cancer survivor.

"I challenge those in the medical community, with these tough economic times right now, to offer two to three hours every Friday in October to do free breast cancer screening," he said.

In addition to patrolling in their pink shirts, Atoka officers are also participating in the "Bras for a Cause" event. Last year, Atoka took home the winning prize for breast cancer awareness.

"They're getting some looks but getting some favorable comments," Poole said. "It's going over well in our community."

Police aren't the only ones wearing the pink shirts. All Atoka city employees also have them on to help bring the issue to light. And this Friday, students at Munford High will raise the bar on breast cancer awareness.

"The high school is letting us color towels for the boys to wear," Dulaney said. "I love it - it's a great deal."

So the next time you see Atoka's finest hitting the streets, just remember they're proud to say they look pretty in pink

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