I am a first-year composition lecturer at Cal Poly and itâ€™s a favorite feature of my class to have â€œstory timeâ€? as stragglers stumble in to my class late. This Monday I was shocked as the entire class raised their hands to tell me stories about their run-ins with the cops. It was totally the opposite of what I expected. Every single student reported how awesome and fun it was having them around. Many spent time conversing with them, some partied with plainclothes cops undercover, but all had a lot more respect and understanding for them.
What Mardi Gras has lost in spirit, the police department has made up for in P.R. Thatâ€™s gotta be a good thing. Good job, peace officers â€” Iâ€™m sad that the Mardi Gras I loved years ago is gone, but Iâ€™m glad you used the opportunity to show the students that cops arenâ€™t so bad after all.