We recently reported on the Seattle Police Department’s attempts to endear itself to the public via helpful block-by-block crime tweets. Now we find that the PD’s communications team might just be perfect for social media—they certainly have a sense of humor.
In case you missed the memo, earlier this month the states of Washington and Colorado became the first in our nation to legalize the possession and use of marijuana “for recreational purposes”–no prescription required, man. We mention this because the Seattle PD just unveiled a page on its crime blotter blog titled “Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle.”
The page, quite obviously tailored to Seattle residents with certain…habits, includes the answers to such probing questions as “Will police officers be able to smoke marijuana?” and “What happens if I get pulled over and I’m sober, but an officer or his K9 buddy smells the ounce of Super Skunk I’ve got in my trunk?” The page’s author, veteran crime reporter Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, advises those caught with marijuana before the law goes into effect on Dec. 6 to “hold your breath.”
So, like, we find this all endlessly amusing and stuff, but it’s also a great example of good PR on the department’s behalf.
Kids know cops in every city everywhere as uptight buzzkills, so we can’t think of a better way to tell a certain segment of the (law-abiding) public “It’s cool, we’re on your side” than displaying a sense of humor about what is no longer a deadly serious issue. The voting public has spoken. The Seattle Police Department totally gets it. And if pages like this can inspire one kid to view cops with a little more respect then we say keep doing it.
Oh yeah: touché on the Gandalf clip.