Okla. town's 'Plastic Popo' deters crime, gains following

Officer proved better suited to the task of deterring speeders than experienced cops because of a compelling attribute: He's a dummy


By Nathan Koppel
Wall Street Journal

ADA, Okla. — This city's police chief last year made what would become a very popular decision, assigning a rookie to traffic duty even though the new officer was known to be heartless.

Since the greenhorn's patrol car began appearing in neighborhoods where people had complained about speeding drivers, he has become so beloved that townspeople are buying him doughnuts, praising him on Facebook and working his name into sermons.

The officer proved better suited to the task of deterring speeders than experienced cops, says Police Chief Mike Miller, because of a compelling attribute: He's a dummy.

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