Police officers take an oath to serve and protect the public.        In Louisville's South End, one former officer has taken an oath to protect and serve - serve doughnuts, that is.

As you'll see in Bernson's Corner -- it's not a question of disorderly conduct.

A police radio squawking on the counter is your first clue -- you're in no ordinary doughnut shop.  

All cars, be on the lookout for -- Police Doughnuts, a business that promotes assault with a deadly... ball of dough.  Ron Henderson, former Jefferson County police officer, is the watch commander. 

Henderson was a narcotics detective, and he also spent six years as a United Nations peacekeeper in Kosovo.  Now, Ron knows the old cliche about cops being attracted to doughnuts. 

Henderson says, "we get some of the officers that are out now, still come in.  I think they hide, make sure nobody's in here first."

So we launched an internal investigation at the Shively Police department. We wanted to  find out how many officers have had the stereotype thrown at them about police and doughnuts.

Major Marty Kleier says "I think that's pretty funny, myself.  My family stays on me all the time -- give him a doughnut and he'll behave."

Officer Eric Edbrooke likes the doughnuts made by the former cop, "Oh, I'd give them five out of five.  --No kidding! --They're very good."

At approximately 13:00 hours, we observed a 10-54, which is police code for officers enjoying doughnuts.  Back at the Police Doughnut shop, Ron is "on duty."

The doughnuts are in a display -- I don't put everything we carry in there, 'cause I like to keep 'em moving. He says, " I don't like them to sit there all afternoon like a lot of places."

Those striped numbers are called jailbirds.  The long ones rolled in cinnamon and sugar -- nightsticks.  A real one hangs in the corner.  Ron's sister Vickie is making what are called bullet holes.  A little police humor explains the large doughnuts versus the small ones.  Henderson says "we got the felonies and the misdemeanors."

Truth be told, the tradition of doughnut-loving police started when officers were walking beats and the only places they could get coffee in the middle of the night were bakeries. From south Louisville, Barry Bernson, Fox 41 News.

Police Doughnuts

8104 National Turnpike

Louisville, KY 40214

(502) 361-5060

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