A Florida police department has asked that lonely women not call 911 in order to be visited by their local officers after a photo of some of their more photogenic beat-walkers sparked a social media firestorm.
Initially showing the city of Gainesville that their officers were there for them during Hurricane Irma, the department posted a photo of Officers Nordman, Hamill and Rengering on Sunday, writing, “…part of the night crew getting ready to do some work. #Irma.”
WIthin 48 hours, the post had over 110,000 comments, 280,000 likes and over 170,000 shares- all of which inquired as to the marital status of the officers or demanded a calendar be released.
“Y’all should do a calendar, where you’re half dressed, for charity,” one commenter wrote, with another -who went by the name of Charity- adding, “I’m Charity and I approve this message.”
Ultimately, the three officers became so popular that GPD had to urge women not to call 911 in hopes of having the officers arrive.
“UPDATE: 1. We are dying with the comments. You’ve actually made our chief blush with some of them,” the post read.
“2. MRS. Nordman and MRS. Hamill have also enjoyed knowing how millions of women are going crazy over their husbands.”
“3. We can confirm that Officer Rengering (far right with the amazing hair) IS SINGLE.”
“4. On another note, Officer Rengering is being placed into Cougar Prey Protective Care, similar to the witness protection program for his safety,” it read, as well as discouraging people from calling 911 in order to get a glimpse of the officers.
“5. Please do not call 9-1-1 and request this groups respond to your “incident,” as well as, “6. There WILL be a calendar.”
“Thank you all for the hilarious comments… they have brightened our time up here. As for the calendar, we are going to try and do something fairly quickly and funds raised will go to Hurricane Irma recovery here in Florida.”
According to People, a photo of a third officer -identified as Officer Hatcher- prompted one commenter to say “I’m convinced this police department is fake and this is actually an ad for Magic Mike 3.”
The Sarasota Police Department attempted to one-up the Gainesville Police, but with reportedly mixed results.
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