Courtesy and a bit of humanity go a lot further in policing the community than “tough guy” approaches. Now that isn’t always possible – but when it happens, it does a lot to build trust and respect.
I know I paste a fair amount about bad cops – but there are a lot of good guys out there too.
These officers didn’t break up the party. They joined it.
It’s never any fun when police officers show up to your Fourth of July party. That is, unless giant waterslides are involved.
Officers Carrie Lee and Joe Jones of Asheville, North Carolina, took a ride down a homemade slip-and-slide on Sunday after responding to complaints that the slide was blocking the road, according to the Charlotte Observer.
The officers reported to the block party to assess the danger, but once they determined there was no problem, they decided to join in on the fun.
“The first thing I said [was], ‘I’m not here to come break up your fun,’” Lee said she told partygoers, according to a video tweeted by the Asheville Police Department.
That’s when Lee made the call to ride down the slide, which was built on a hill in the neighborhood. According to the officers, Lee put on a trash bag and scooted herself down the water slide.
“When the female officer asked for a garbage bag, we almost didn’t believe it. But she took off her radio and went for it!” Katlen Joyce Smith, a resident who was at the party, told ABC News. “They told us to have a great day, posed for some pictures and thanked us for the fun!”
Knowing he couldn’t fit in a trash bag as easily as Lee could, Jones thought their mission was complete. Then the neighborhood kids brought out a large inflatable raft.
“I’m too big to fit in a trash bag so I was like, ‘I’m getting out of it,’” Jones explained. “But then the kids pulled out this big raft, and so I had no choice.”
Jones took his place in the raft along with a neighborhood kid and, with more weight, the two slid easily down the hill and landed in a small pool.