Michigan Police Department Uses Microsoft Paint to Connect With Young People

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When was the last time you heard someone refer to the cops as the “popo”? When was the last time you heard someone say they’re using Microsoft Paint? Those are the only two relevant questions to ask Michigan’s Bath Township Police Department, which thought it was a good idea to joke about fixing community relations with young people through the help of the relic of a computer program and an archaic word.


Last week, the Police Department posted a cutesy little photo on its Facebook page, stating that it replaced the name “police” with “popo” on its cars in an effort to connect better with the youngsters. Because the police officers all know we’re still living in 1990 and use the term.

“We are still struggling to really reach the younger folk out there. So in an effort to bridge that gap, we’ve decided to update out patrol car graphics in an attempt to be more relatable to the local youths,” the Facebook post stated.

Some of the hashtags included in the post were #HopingForMoreWavingWithAllFiveFingers, #HowDoYouDoFellowKids and #HopingForAGoodTrialRun. Oh so funny, right?

Let’s look at some of the replies to the post:

No Way!! Changing the name on the car lowers your intelligence. These people can’t speak proper English and instead of blaming parents and schools, you change the “police” graphic. Why don’t you just put it in Russian, “ПОЛИЦЯ”..than they still can’t read it...Sorry, try pulling me over with that...its not legal and you know it!!

So, you are proudly owning the term Pissed Off Police Officer (POPO)?

Damn, that’s not a good look for the community you SERVE.

Utterly ridiculous. Funny joke if CGI/photoshopped. Dont stoop to their level. Next you will have Officers, Deputies, Troopers studying EBONICs. Hell to the No, how bout that!!


Eventually, after one commenter mentioned that he didn’t want his tax dollars wasted, the Police Department ’fessed up that the photo was a joke made with Microsoft Paint. Next time, maybe the department should use Adobe Photoshop to cover the car in bacon?

Bye, Kinja! It's been fun (occasionally).


I have an easy method for you pigs to connect with the youth.

1. Stop killing them