Twenty-one law enforcement agencies in Minnesota participated Friday in a virtual ride along, allowing people who follow them on social media to get a glimpse of the many calls officers respond to on a typical day.
The result was a lot of speeding violations, a handful of DWI arrests, traffic stops that led to arrests because drivers provided false identities, obscured license plates, parking violations, and of course, some truly odd stories that require further explanation.
For example, Lakeville officers responded to a driving complaint late Friday with the caller reporting that people inside the vehicle were throwing cheese at other vehicles. It turns out that the kids were playing a new game called "Getting Cheesed."
It's unclear if this is something new, old, or perhaps a spinoff of the 2019 craze in which adults lobbed slices of cheese at babies in an attempt to get it to stick to their heads.
Kids these days, right?
Meanwhile, in Duluth, an officer was patrolling a neighborhood and saw two legs sticking out of a snow bank. It wasn't a man stuck in the snow, nor a dead body, it was simply someone's attempt at humor.
A shoplifter caught at Target in Eden Prairie fessed up to the crime. When asked what happened, the thief said: "Came to the mall, stole stuff, got caught."
Here's a look at the 21 agencies who participated in the virtual ride along.
Here's a laundry list of other calls officers responded to around the state.