LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A city police department that uses tongue-in-cheek humor to reach out to its citizens got some major love from the star of "Dirty Jobs."
Mike Rowe, star of the hit Discovery Channel reality show "Dirty Jobs," touted the Bangor Police Department’s Facebook Page on his own, giving them props for their unique way of keeping the public informed about non-violent arrests.
"I don’t follow The Bangor Police Department’s Facebook Page because I like cops, (though I do,) or because I like Bangor, (which I also do.)" Rowe posted. "I do it because I appreciate good writing. Well, this guy can write…"
Rowe then linked to a note posted by the department on its Facebook page, informing the public about some recent arrests.
Officer Dave Farrar took the complaint of a man drinking in public. This is not allowed for various reasons. We understand the drinking part. Its the public part that causes an issue. We suggest looking for more private locations to imbibe, but we are not judging you. Just giving free advice based on state statutes. When Farrar found the staggering man, he inquired about the fact that the man had been drinking on someone else’s steps. The man told Officer Farrar that it was not important because he was, “done now, so it doesn’t matter.” This thinking is logical. We accept it. Not as well as Spock would have, but Farrar is not a fan of Spock. Not because Spock is a bad person but because Farrar is more of a realist and since he is a cop, we do the backstroke in the pool of realism. As a matter of fact, we don’t even towel off the realism. We like to “air dry.” Farrar asked his name and the man said, “it’s illegal for me to tell you my name because then you’ll know I have an arrest warrant for unpaid fines.” This piqued the young realist’s interest. The man did not lie. His warrant was active and he went to jail. Live long and prosper my friend.
The Bangor Police Department's note described other arrests using the same writing style and tongue-in-cheek fashion, before concluding:
These are the stories. We urge those who follow our page to keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone and be kind to one another. I hope your Wednesday is bright and cheerful.
TC’s Maxim #568 “The liquored up and louder will seldom wake from a slumber, prouder.”
Be cautious on the roadways this morning. There are some slick conditions caused by black ice in certain areas. Intersections are places to be extra careful.
The men and women of the Bangor Police Department will be here!
Rowe, who has over 3 million fans on his Facebook page, shared the police department's post on Thursday evening. As of the time of this writing, it has over 145,000 fans.
Sgt. Tim Cotton, who writes the humorous posts for the police department's page, posted a "Thank You" of sorts last night.
"Thank you for all the notes today informing us of the pleasant and unexpected shout-out from, Mike Rowe," he wrote. "The fact that the Bangor Police Department Facebook page gleaned about 10,000 extra 'Likes' today was the first clue that I picked up on. I am quick like that. I fully believed that Mark Zuckerberg was returning the five likes he took from us last year after he discovered the some of our "Likes" belonged to deceased voters. It hurt. I am not going to lie to you."
"Then I read what Mr. Rowe wrote about us and I was deeply touched. I mean that. Getting a shout out from him was very, very cool. The notes started coming in and while I could not answer them all, I appreciate it."
"The page is about the Bangor Police Department. I just happen to be the guy that writes it. Thanks for following and I will do my best to live up to the expectations."
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