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"...whatever job you take, you're going to spend a lot of time there. You should try to make it fun."

In 2007, the Madison (WI) Police Department hired their first civilian Public Information Officer: former reporter Joel DeSpain. Over the last five years, Mr. DeSpain has reportedly combined "humor, a flair for the dramatic and sense of the absurd", and turned the mundane Madison Police Blotter into an "art form and a thing of joy." So Why Has Madison Wisconsin Has Become the Weird News Capitol of the Midwest? Meet the United States’ most whimsical police reporter. (Last one's a gawker link. If you dislike their site / interface, have no fear: all reports in that article (plus four extras) can be found after the jump.) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 28, 2012 - 19 comments

 

"A Spear Avenue resident reported a male-type human in his backyard performing the specialty of the breed - stumbling around and cursing. The interloper without portfolio wandered off in a random direction." This quote and more can be found in the Arcata Eye police blotter. (From Cruel.com; also mentioned in a comment in an older thread.)
posted by moz on Nov 14, 2001 - 19 comments

Ever been caught smoking in a violent manner?

Ever been caught smoking in a violent manner? This is the best slow-day-at-work reading around.
posted by mudbug on Jul 26, 2001 - 15 comments

File under "creativity in product naming".

File under "creativity in product naming". Expect future weblog management tools to bear names such as Blodder, Blobber, and Blopper.
posted by jjg on Feb 22, 2000 - 9 comments

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