Police selfies, cop car selfies, and the Duck of Justice (DOJ) all feature on Bangor, Maine PD’s Facebook page. And while you may think that cop and police car selfies are unusual, not to mention the Duck, what is perhaps most unusual is that this small town (population 33,000) police department’s Facebook page has over 22,000 “Likes”!
And these are tasteful selfies – no cop bicep selfie with a ‘guns’ pun here – and the police car selfies are gorgeous (really!)
While the selfies are self-explanatory as well as self-revealing, the Duck of Justice may need a little more elucidation.
According to the Bangor Daily News, it all started when then Penobscot County District Attorney Christopher Almy was moving office. He had been given the stuffed duck years earlier, and somehow the not-yet-christened DOJ found its way to the trash can, as Almy’s office was being cleared out in preparation for the move.
As the story goes, Tim Cotton, at the time a detective with the Bangor Maine PD, saw the duck in the trash, and plucked him out.
Not long after, Cotton was promoted to sergeant, and tasked with social media outreach for the department.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
One never really knows where the DOJ will turn up next, and Cotton credits the duck with helping new officers to come out of their shells during newbie officer interviews for the Facebook page. Plus, as Cotton says, “I think in general people like to be entertained. I know I do, so if you can combine information with a bit of humor, then why not?”
Cotton is also credited with encouraging the cop selfies and cop car selfies.
You can check out those cop and police car selfies at the Bangor Main Police Department’s Facebook page.
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