Police officers can often be portrayed as unapproachable and stoic, but the truth is most of them are just regular folks.
Fathers, mothers – members of the community and people from many different walks of life that decided to pursue a career in public safety.
It’s easy to forget, but sometimes a funny video or a story on the news reminds us how above all else, police officers are just like the rest of us.
Partners Michael Norwood Jr. and Armonde “Moe” Badger patrol the streets of Buffalo, New York. They’re known as Buffalo’s Bad Boys thanks to their resemblance to Martin Lawrence and Will Smith from the 90’s blockbuster.
However, these bad boys are all about doing good. They focus on spending time in the community and interacting with kids to break the stereotypes often associated with members of law enforcement.
The partners gained notoriety recently after a video of them singing in a restaurant was posted and went viral.
It was just another day on the job according to the dynamic duo who recently appeared on Ellen. Singing in the car and engaging with their community is what these two enjoy most about their job.
Norwood, who towers more than a foot over his partner, played basketball for most of his life. After putting in several years overseas in Finland and in other international leagues, an injury sidelined him from the only job he ever knew. He needed a career change and wanted to get back into the community.
Badger got his start by working in the Buffalo Public School System and said he knew right away that working with kids was something he was passionate about.
A father himself, Badger and his fellow officers wanted a way for children in the neighborhood to connect with police early, often and in a positive way.
Their foundation COPPS, Children Overcoming Police Stereotypes through Sports, happened organically as the two say their department is always looking for new ways to connect with the community.
Ellen, along with Cheerios, donated $10,000 to their foundation. Classic Ellen.
Here’s the entire clip from their interview:
For more of these pitch-perfect patrolmen, check out their latest video on YouTube.