My local police department just released this video showing all of the cool action packed things they go through to “protect our city”
With flashy editing, hard rocking music in the background, and a dispatch sending out the officers on some hard hitting cases, this video makes me wonder who paid for it and the purpose of it. I sincerely hope that this was not put in the budget and paid for by taxpayers. I think that it might have been created by the Career and Technology center, the local community college in my area. They have a video production class and from what I’ve gathered, they are eager to put together videos as practice. I sincerely hope that this was the case. They have put together videos for other businesses in town, but I’m not sure what the payment situation was as I had no part of it.
Second, what is the purpose of this video. Is it to make sure that the Cape Girardeau police department gets a good public image in light of how police officers in the media have been portrayed? I can’t help but notice that everyone in the video who is being “arrested” is white. I also can’t help but notice the subtle “Respect Police” about 3/4 of the way through the video.
I don’t recognize any of the actors who are playing the people getting pulled over and arrested. Maybe they are people from the school I spoke of earlier, or they might even be police officers themselves.
This video made me cringe pretty hard because it is my home town and I recognize all of the crime scenes. For example, if you have seen the movie Gone Girl, you can clearly see that someone is being arrested in front of a sign for “The Bar”, a set that was used in the film when they filmed it in my area. This is the pride and joy of Cape Girardeau, our big break. The film Gone Girl was filmed almost entirely in my hometown, and maybe this video of the police is to show for it.
I have been pulled over by the police before, and I’ve had multiple encounters with them when it wasn’t me on the spot. They should be a public service, why would they need a commercial? I could totally see this on a public access channel. I actually found it on Facebook, one of my other friends had commented that her boyfriend, who is a police officer, was in it and she was so proud of him.
The funny thing is is that my town is actually really safe. Not crime-free(though no city is), but you can definitely be a single girl and walk from one side of downtown to the other with minimal harassment. Maybe this is because there are so many police officers. I can easily count 10 police cars on my way home from work after closing the bar. I sometimes get pulled over and asked to take a breathalyzer test because I reek of alcohol. I always tell them that its because I’m a bartender and it has actually gotten me out of a tight spot a few times when I did have a drink or two at work, which I rarely do and its usually just a glass of wine while I close. I look down on people who drink and drive.
Anyway, this video chapped my khaki’s a little and I wanted to share. Have a good day!