Aransas Pass’ police department is playing games on the job.
Last week, the coastal Texas officers introduced Pig-E-Mon – a police-themed version of Pokémon.
In an interview after the card game was announced, Chief of Police Eric Blanchard said the idea is for each officer to carry their “player’s” card, which you can collect simply by asking.
He broke things down in an enthusiastic video shared to the APPD’s Facebook:
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE3/29/2017First off, we would like to apologize to our community for keeping this secret. We've not gotten where we are today by operating in secrecy. View the attached release for details…#pigemon
Posted by Aransas Pass Police Department on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The department said it hopes Pig-E-Mon connects the community, especially as an icebreaker for kids, with police, as well as reverses negative connotations associated with pigs and cops.
Perhaps, during these tumultuous times for police PR, the only bad solution is the one untested.
Catch ‘em all, y’all.