The actions of a York Regional Police officer was making the rounds on social media Friday — but not for any negative reasons.
Const. Amy Oliver was on paid duty Thursday night, providing security at the Strada Car Meet in Vaughan, when she surprised the crowd by going on stage to showcase more than just her policing skills.
At the urging of the DJ — “Get your cameras out; this is history” — Oliver proceeded to drop a freestyle rap solo to Dr. Dre’s hit “Still D.R.E.” that would put most aspiring artists to shame.
“Yeah, I’m a cop, Region of York, people call me pig but what’s wrong with pork,” sings Oliver, eliciting howls of approval from the raucous crowd while not missing a beat.
Among the other pearls she dropped during the performance:
“Anyone hatin’ needs to take a chill pill and take the time to get to know me if you will. I’m real, I arrest those who kill. I give warnings and I arrest those who drug deal.”
“I 100 per cent agree in love and equality. I want everyone to feel free and be like they can come to me, without saying, ‘Oh, police don’t care.’ I wish it would stop. I would put my life on the line for you, black or not. I would have taken a bullet for both Biggie and Tupac.
“So the next time you try to spit something hot, just remember I’m the cop who protected Jenny from the block.”
Police spokesman Andy Pattenden says part of an officer’s job is to do community relations and Oliver was able to put her rap hobby to that end.
He says Oliver was a bit shy at first, but saw an opportunity to engage the crowd.
“The nice thing about it was the reaction from everyone afterward,” he said. “It was kind of a cold shoulder in advance and then at the end of it the whole crowd loved her and everyone was giving her high-fives, glad that she was there.”
This is just the latest example of on-duty officers showcasing their ancillary skills while interacting with public they serve.
CityNews first brought you the story of Const. Joel Clark, who answered a noise complaint in Mississauga last month. Instead of putting a stop to the backyard performance by five teenage band members, Clark got behind the drums and starting jamming along with them.
“They’re like, ‘You’re here to shut us down.’ And I’m like, ‘Don’t worry about it, we just gotta turn it down a little bit more,’” said Clark.
Back in February, Durham Regional police officer Jarrod Singh was shown busting a move after police were called to a reported fight in downtown Oshawa. The incident turned out to be a music video shoot and Const. Singh, who used to be a dancer in his younger years, showed he’s still got the moves.
Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report