Huntington Beach, Ca. Police Officer it just looks like fun and games

A Huntington Beach Police Officer makes positive connections with a homeless child as he sets about finding shelter for the mother and child

This is how Officers make a lasting good impression! 

This morning an officer checked on a suspicious occupied vehicle in the area of Graham and Edinger. During his investigation he learned the people in the vehicle were a mother and her 11 year old daughter and they had been living out of their car. The officer contacted our Homeless Task Force to help arrange housing. As the officer worked on housing arrangements with the mother, another officer on scene, Officer Pricer, began displaying his expertise in hopscotch to the daughter.

See the video:

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Huntington Beach Police Department

 

2 thoughts on “Huntington Beach, Ca. Police Officer it just looks like fun and games”

  1. I hate all this crap. I don’t want to see cops singing in police cars, dancing at parades and playing jum prope and hop scotch. It’s not professional at all and degrades command presence. I was on a flight to Florida not long ago and the flight crew was also singing and telling jokes. Those jobs are to keep us safe and alive — if I want entertainment I turn on TV. Stop fooling around and get to work and do your jobs.

    1. In this particular case, the officer had come upon the mother and daughter living in their car, he had made arrangements for the mother and daughter to be placed in more suitable housing. I am sure that the child was afraid of officers as most ‘street people’ are. Playing hopscotch with the child and passing the time while arrangements were being made may not be to your liking, but they served a purpose in building a relationship and easing the tension between the officer and the child as well as gaining the trust of the mother.
      Personally as far as “degrades command presence” I have seen officers that looked like they polished their shoes with a Hershey Chocolate bar and fallen asleep in their car on a midnight shift then answered a call with sleep in their eyes, ties undone, no hat on, a gun belt that looked like it was WW-II surplus – that is what degrades a command presence.
      What matters is one on one contact and the interactions between individuals. How the child and mother viewed this officer is important, that is what needs to be taken into consideration.
      If you traveled in an aircraft and your attendant was singing and telling jokes it is probably because there is so much tension in flying now a day. Most airlines like officers are being compared to jack booted thugs because of regulations at check in’s and a few incidents where people are being thrown off flights for being disruptive. Moreover, many people in public service are getting a bad reputation from news media and little is being done to correct that perception.
      Nothing is reported when things go right, but when things go wrong, no matter how slight, everyone wants to hear about it.
      It is quite possible for officers to keep people safe, do their jobs and still have a very likable personality where the public enjoys if not actually looks forward to seeing that officer. The officer can still have a command presence and be very authoritative when necessary and down to earth and show that they are compassionate, funny and human as well.
      As a matter of fact, if it is not done, then the media gets the last say and officers will only be seen as killing machines that show up and haul people off to jail.

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