We have to go ahead and give a big kudos to the cops in Halifax, N.S., because an officer in the city just showed the world what real policing is supposed to look like.
Community response officer Const. Shawn Currie does things a little differently than your average cop. While part of his job does involve writing tickets and carrying out arrests, Currie spends the bulk of his day simply talking to members of the community.
“Part of my job is just to get to know everybody on the streets, whether it’s the merchants, the buskers, the homeless, and I just get to talk to them every single day,” Currie says in the video above.
As a result, Currie meets and builds relationships with a lot of different people, and recognizes most of the faces he passes by every day. In fact, during a routine patrol last week, he saw a homeless busker who was warming up to play violin on the sidewalk. Naturally, Currie took a seat next to him and the pair chatted for about 30 minutes. While this wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for Currie, local photographer Bruno Baurin captured a heartwarming image of the men from across the street.
— Bruno Baurin (@BrunoBaurin) May 26, 2016
Maybe it’s something about the way the Currie is sitting so casually with the man, but the shot managed to melt the internet’s cold, frigid heart. Not only did the image share like wildfire, it spawned it’s own hashtag: #HaliCop. And as it is with any hashtag, it wasn’t long before the internet began filling up with memes of Currie and the busker. Soon, the cop found himself photoshopped into music videos, album covers, commercials and more.
— HalifaxReTales (@HalifaxReTales) May 27, 2016
— Hugely Huggable (@thejimpster) May 27, 2016
— Sean MacGillivray (@poorhaus) May 28, 2016
— Andy Bowers (@evilpez4) May 28, 2016
— Giordano Ciampini (@GioFotoImg) May 28, 2016
— Swiggy (@CaptSwiggy) May 28, 2016
Currie has been policing for 28 years, and as you might have expected, this isn’t the first time he’s made waves on the internet. Last year, the cop went viral for writing up a fake parking ticket to a 3-year-old:
Remember, no motorcycle parking in the circle by the ferry terminal. This ruthless biker was caught yesterday ! pic.twitter.com/GgzU4j46vy
— Halifax_Police (@HfxRegPolice) July 5, 2015
Currie hopes that his style of policing helps remind people that police aren’t just authority figures, and that they’re also there to help make communities stronger.
We think it’s safe to say the approach is working. Well done, Const. Currie!
— Halifax_Police (@HfxRegPolice) May 30, 2016