“To Protect and to Serve” was the motto of the Los Angeles Police Department first adopted by the Los Angeles Police in 1955. Since then, many other police departments across the USA and beyond have gone on to adopt that same motto. Many do an excellent job of living up to that motto, and some even add a little self-deprecating humor to do so.

The Suspect

Take this police officer, for instance. When a very dangerous (ok, kind of dangerous) snapping turtle appears on a sidewalk somewhere in small town America, this uninformed turtle annihilator is called in to take care of the problem. We know for a fact that cops have to go through some pretty rigorous training, but this guy either failed the “turtle test” or it wasn’t offered in his pre-rookie orientation.

The Reluctant Hero

But, protect and serve he must! Heard over the dispatch radio: “Calling all police! We’ve got a snapping turtle scaring tourists on the sidewalk in front of ‘Grandpa’s Music,’ please respond.”

This officer most likely ignored the call as long as he possibly could.

 

So how does this work?

 

“Joe, you’re the only one on duty right now. I know you have ‘turtla-phobia,’ but you’re going to have to take care of this.” Silence.

Then finally, reluctantly with a sigh, Joe: “Alright, I’m on my way.”

Arriving on the scene, the officer puts on his “safety gloves,” otherwise known as “white gloves.” And, heart racing, nervously takes instructions and suggestions from the cackling mini-paparazzi that has now gathered to watch the event.

Turtle 1, Police Officer 0

It’s hard to say what will work and what won’t when it comes to capturing dangerous reptiles. They are, after all, descendants of dinosaurs, so one must strategize carefully. The white gloves should keep any officer from harm’s way…not.

Getting serious; bring on the faux jiu-jitsu!

Even centuries of martial arts moves can’t intimidate this turtle! As a matter of fact, we’re still not quite sure if the turtle even knows if the police officer is there!

Plan C – The Stick (no, not the short one, the long one!)

Somebody from the crowd yells out, “Taze him!” How cruel. They could get arrested for threats like that. It’s just a poor little turtle who’s lost its way. Probably has a family with children to feed, a mortgage, and likes to golf. The officer opts not to “taze him,” but rather bring out the stick instead.

Victory!

Just another day on the job. Book em’.