Published: Apr 28, 2014 6:20 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 28, 2014 6:55 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is sporting a new look and breaking dress-code for a worthy cause.

Sometimes, even law enforcement has to bend the rules a little bit.

A goatee is normally against office policy at the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, but a new exception allows Det. Kevin Connolly and his colleagues to skip the morning shave for the sake of brotherhood.

"A bunch of us got together and thought that we needed to help our fellow officers," Connolly said.

CCSO created the Employee Assistance Fund, which is designed to help any employee going through a difficult time.

Deputies decided to start the fund after Sgt. Michael Wilson was shot and killed in the line of duty last year.

"We hope theres not a next one, but we know there is going to be a next one," Connolly said.  "And we're hoping with all the hard work from everybody on the board and everybody at the sheriff's office that works here, that we'll be able to help somebody else if they need it."

The men pay $7.50 out of each paycheck for the privilege of rocking facial air and having each others' back.

Men and women also have the option of paying for "dress-down Fridays," or simply donating to the fund without changing their look.

The fund started in March. CCSO said it is too soon to know how much money has been raised. However, one employee has already been helped by the fund.