It’s been a long time since I called myself a Law Enforcement Officer. But when I started working for the National Park Service as a ranger, part of my duties were to enforce the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) applicable to every park. Often this involved “road patrol” which was just that, patrolling the roads within the park looking for visitors in need of help or who disregarded the CFR.
So while most of my time was spent on things like giving directions, starting vapor-locked cars, or helping someone park an RV, I would also stop speeders, keep a watch for poachers, and respond to auto accidents. Patrol was always as they say “long periods of incredible boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror (or at least intense action). The point is, patrol for the most part, is a dull routine that can lead to any number of methods to relieve the numbness. In the parks I could use binoculars to look for wildlife, skip rocks on the smooth surface of a lake, or just sit and watch the sunset (seeing as we were paid in these in lieu of a decent salary). Officers in the city my be more limited in their selection of suitable distractions because people tend to report odd behavior by cops.
The other day my wife came across this video of a police officer lip singing in his patrol car. I found that I instantly empathize with the officer knowing he was just finding a way to cope with downtime, but more so, found this large, manly officer singing the lyrics of the very girly, Taylor Swift song Shake It Off hilarious.