OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - A group of Fox Valley police officers are showing the public a different side of what they do, focusing on humor and a stereotype to engage the community.
From pumping iron to pulling cars, police officers in the Fox Valley are working hard to engage the community through humorous videos posted to each department's social media site.
According to Capt. Chris Tarmann with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Police Department, "It gets people excited. It gets people excited to want to come hang out with cops. I don't know what it is, people are a little nervous around us, but we're actually really cool people. We have a good time. And so, this video shoot is a way for us to humanize police officers, show them that we can have a good time."
The most recent shoot brought together officers from Appleton, UWO, Neenah, Fox Crossing, Grand Chute and Menasha. Their focus, drumming up support for October's Run with the Cops to benefit Special Olympics.
"We want to be involved, this is a really good community event for everybody to come out and you can participate and we'll raise some money for Special Olympics Wisconsin, but for me it's about that connection that's built between law enforcement and the community in showing you that we can have a really time together," says Capt. Tarmann.
And while the officers may be competing to lift the biggest doughnut, in the end, it's all about teamwork between police officers and the community.
Officer Stu Zuehls from the Neenah PD adds, "We have these similar issues, we're all trying to fight crime and we're all trying to do good for our cities and doing these videos puts a different light in law enforcement where it's not a negative thing, it's a fun thing and it's a good thing that we can do to educate the public."
Be sure to keep your eye on the social media accounts for these various Fox Valley departments, so that you don't miss the community engagement videos when they're posted.