What’s the best way to bond with a crowd that doesn’t really want you there? How about some sick rhymes? That worked perfectly for York Regional Police’s Constable Amy Oliver who saw an opportunity to join a rap battle and jumped at the chance.
Oliver frequently works security at a weekly modified car show in Vaughn. During her time there, she’s noticed that the young crowd doesn’t exactly love the police presence at their event. On occasion she’s overheard them refer to her and her colleagues as ‘pigs’ and there’s a general distaste for the men/women in blue.
The York Regional Police have been known to be pretty cool when it comes to public-police relations. Their Twitter account can get pretty hilarious and the officers are always (though possibly not this year) a staple at the annual Toronto Pride Parade.
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So when Const. Oliver felt completely unwelcome at the car show, she took it into her own hands to show the crowd that cops aren’t your enemy (you know, as long as you’re not a criminal). A rap battle became the perfect opportunity. Oliver has been free-styling in her spare time since high school and decided to step up to rap her own impromptu police-positive verse. And it killed (metaphorically of course, she’s a cop).
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You can feel the crowd’s hesitation before she gets going but as soon as she drops her first rhyme (‘Yeah, I’m a cop, Region of York / People call me ‘pig’ but what’s wrong with pork?’), she’s got them. She goes on to rap about fighting crime, race relations, her Tim Horton’s order and taking a bullet for Tupac and Biggie. The crowd loved it. Oliver has received an overwhelmingly positive response from event attendees, the general public and even her bosses.
‘My reaction was: ‘fabulous,” Supt. Douglas Conley told CTV, ‘Very pleased with the message and the relationships she was building with the community.’
All around good reviews for the performance. We can only hope that other police officers will take Oliver’s lead and then we’ll have singing cops all over Canada. That would make getting a speeding ticket a little more fun, wouldn’t it?