A Little Sense of Humor Goes a Long Way
When you think of a city police department, you probably think of an imposing group of serious men and women working to keep the streets safe. Or, given more recent coverage about police in the news, maybe you think of high-horsed, dangerously overprivileged white men who are ready to shoot anything they choose.
The Philadelphia Police Department is about to change all of that.
The Philly PD recently released a shamelessly dorky parody of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” the single that topped charts towards the end of 2015. In the weeks and months following the song’s music video debut, countless parodies were made to mock Drake’s eccentric dancing, and while we all had a good laugh at that a while back, we might have entered 2016 thinking the time for such revelry was over.
Is this video enough to stop Philly residents from trying to save parking spots?
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) January 20, 2016
Through a campaign promoted by the hashtag #NoSavesies, the Philadelphia Police Department is trying their hardest to stop residents from reserving parking spots by using traffic cones. As the lyrics from their parody state, “That parking spot’s not yours alone.” Deep stuff.
The Philly PD’s Twitter and Facebook pages are loaded with plenty of hilarious memes and pop culture references, from Star Wars to Saved by the Bell to The Simpsons. Of course, the majority of social media posts are related to searches for criminals and other important police updates, but we love how they balance hard work with a sense of humor.
Okay, okay. Have you recovered from that yet? At first we thought it was pretty painful, but then we came to accept what a goldmine this is. Honestly, between the lyrics and editing, a good amount of work went into this, and we love the transparency it provides about how lighthearted the city officers can be.
But that’s not the only awesome social media the Philly Police Department has done, not by a long shot…