These two pictures were taken on the morning of graduation day for Class 201 last week. I promise these pictures were not staged. The donuts were purchased by the sister of one of the graduating cadets to celebrate their impending graduation later that night.
Why donuts? A comedian would say it was “part of the training” at the academy, along with shooting and driving skills. I say it was a nice gesture from the staff and it just happened to be donuts. Whatever the case may be, you must have a sense of humor to be a police officer. Since I do have a sense of humor, I of course broke out my camera for some classic pictures of Cadet “Smiley.” You may remember Cadet “Smiley” from previous posts on this blog. Of course as I write this, he is now Officer “Smiley.”
You always hear jokes about cops at donut shops and it is a typical stereotype about police officers. I think the myth surrounding cops and donuts comes from the fact that police officers sometimes work unique shifts when most restaurants are closed. Years ago, donut shops were the only place to find something to eat at night. When an officer wanted to stop for a break, coffee and donuts were convenient and quick. A police officer is always on call and if someone needed us, we could leave the donut shop at a moments notice. When the donut shop was the only place to eat and the only place that was open, sometimes you would see more than one police car in front of the shop, thus creating the illusion or myth that cops and donuts go together like “peas and carrots” (as Forrest Gump would say). The all night donut shops are almost all gone now. Donuts shops have been replaced by Starbucks or 24 hour fast food restaurants. However, I still think the whole “cops and donuts” myth will continue to live forever.
The only donut shop I go into now is the one that sells “donut holes” for my five year old.
I wonder, am I unconsciously teaching her to become a police officer, or is just that donut holes taste good?