For Immediate Release
PR #:1800005
Date Issued:Jan 09, 2018 - 1:56pm

Washoe County Sheriff's Office staff raised more than six thousand dollars for Brittany Baguley Memorial Scholarship Fund in December as part of the Sheriff's No Shave campaign

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office staff donated more than six thousand dollars to a scholarship fund created in memory of one of the Sheriff’s Office former crime lab criminalists during the second month of the Sheriff’s five-month “no shave” charitable campaign.

This morning, Sheriff Chuck Allen and members of the Sheriff’s Office staff presented a check for $6,336 to Jeff Baguley for the Brittany Hartzell Baguley Memorial Scholarship Fund through Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. These funds were raised from members of the Sheriff’s Office during December as part of the “no shave” campaign.

Dr. Brittany Baguley was a Senior Criminalist/DNA Technical Leader with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Division for 10 years before she passed away in 2016. Her contributions to the community were significant, processing more than 700 cases through the analysis of trace material and DNA evidence. Dr. Baguley’s alma mater, Linfield College, posthumously recognized her achievements with their Distinguished Alumna award.

The Brittany Hartzell Baguley Memorial Fund was established in honor of Dr. Baguley’s commitment to service and her generous spirit. The scholarship supports Linfield College chemistry students seeking to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Baguley by working to improve the world through science. 

For January’s beneficiary, the Sheriff’s Office has chosen the Northern Nevada C.O.P.S. (a chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors).  

The Northern Nevada Concerns of Police Survivors is a non-profit organization, which provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria.  Northern Nevada C.O.P.S. provides emotional and financial support as well as legal assistance to survivors of fallen officers.

Northern Nevada Concerns of Police Survivors responds after line-of-duty deaths to support the surviving family members, offering support as long as needed to all survivors. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a years, support is just a phone call away. For more information, visit their website:

Here’s how the Sheriff’s Office “no-shave” effort works:

In exchange for a monthly charitable donation from November through March, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be allowed to grow facial hair outside the normal grooming standard. Female deputies are allowed to have relaxed hair standards in exchange for the monthly donation, and civilians may either take advantage of the relaxed grooming standards or wear jeans or hats.

At the end of each month, the donations will be presented to the charity or foundation represented that month. The organizations chosen for 2017/2018 are:

November:         Nevada Cancer Coalition
December:         Brittany Hartzell Baguley Memorial Scholarship Fund
January:             COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors)
February:           Special Olympics Northern Nevada
March:               Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation


Photo 1: Sheriff's Office staff, including many members of the Forensic Science Divsion, joined Sheriff Chuck Allen for today's check presentation to Brittany Baguley's husband Jeff Baguley.

Photo 2: Dr. Brittany Baguley


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Chuck Allen is the 26th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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