Policeman Bob Geary used a dummy as his partner. A new police chief disallowed its usage, so Geary worked to put the usage of the dummy on the ballot. The referendum passed and Geary used the dummy until his retirement 7 years later, at which time the mayor declared the day “Officer Geary Day.”
Marion County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation after one of its officers said he suspected someone had taken a bite out of a McChicken sandwich. They concluded that the officer forgot he took a bite of his sandwich.
In 1974, Oakland police spent two hours trying to convince a mentally disturbed gunman holed up in his apartment to surrender—only to discover that he was standing next to them helping to direct the police.
Australia’s first cops were all criminals. The first police force was made up of 12 of the best behaved convicts.
André Stander, a South African police officer, robbed almost 30 banks. Sometimes he’d carry out a crime during his lunch break and then return to the scene as an investigating officer. He was caught but escaped, formed a gang and robbed more banks. He was eventually killed in Florida.
Until 1996, NYPD cars were painted blue. They phased out the blue cars in favor of factory white, resulting in a $1 million savings. Light blue shirts were replaced with dark blue to “hide coffee and donut stains”.
The reason why the majority of police uniforms in the U.S. are blue is a result of the civil war. After the war had ended, there was a surplus of blue uniforms which got repurposed for police officers. The color became associated with policing.
Brady Snakovsky, a 9 year old, was watching Live PD and noticed a K9 without a bulletproof vest on, so he made a go-fund-me with his mom to purchase a vest for the dog and instead raised over $80,000, which was used to create a legitimate charitable organization donating to police.
Elvis Presley was an official captain of the Memphis Police Department and even had dashboard police lights for his cars. He was known for pulling people over and lecturing them on safety before giving them an autograph and letting them go.
During the 1992 L.A. riots, police officers asked the accompanying U.S. Marines to cover them while searching a house for a suspect that held his wife and children hostage. Mistaking the statement “cover them” for suppressive fire, the Marines promptly fired 200 rounds into the house. Remarkably, neither the man who fired the original shots from inside, nor the woman and children who turned out to be in the apartment, were hit by the bullets.