Officer Larry DePrimo

You've more than likely already heard about officer Larry DePrimo of the New York Police Department, and his kind gesture towards a homeless man that was barefoot and cold in Times Square. It's been a media sensation sparking thousands of comments throughout the public.

But, let's recap anyhow...

On November 14, 2012, officer DePrimo was walking the beat when he came upon a homeless male. The male was sitting on the sidewalk by a storefront and wasn't wearing shoes or socks.

The officer entered a store, bought socks and a pair of boots, and returned to the male. He provided them to the surprised and thankful male. Unbeknownst to officer Larry DePrimo, a tourist was nearby and captured the officer giving the boots on her camera.

She then sent it to the NYPD and explained what she had just witnessed. The photograph was posted onto social media sites and it went viral on the internet. The story was picked up by the media and the officer provided interviews.


It's a great story and shows the human side to the face of policing. But it also shows that as an officer, you are ALWAYS being watched. If you are in uniform and out in public, expect that your actions will be captured in one form or another. Whether it be from storefront security cameras, cell phone cameras, etc. Nothing you do will go unnoticed because when people see a police officer they seem to always stare. It's good practice to always behave and conduct yourself like you are being watched- because you more than likely are!

What else can we take from this story...

Clearly, it was a kind and generous act. You would think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone to say anything negative wouldn't you.


Not exactly...

If you take a look at any articles on the web about this, scroll down to the bottom. There's often times a comments section, and you can read what people are saying. Most of the comments are positive in nature, but many are negative and some even write the whole thing off as a PR stunt, claiming that it was staged and that the officer knew a photo was going to be taken...


Remember, no matter what you do as a police officer, there will always be people who will second guess and discredit what you are doing or what you have done. It will be irritating, but don't let it become anything more than just that. It's not worth your time to think about what some fools are saying. Unfortunately, this is sometimes easier said than done, but it can save you a lot of grief and time wasted...


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