Okla. LEO plays drums with band while responding to noise complaint

When the LEO responded to the complaint, he decided to play the drums with the band before telling them to turn down the music


Kaitlyn Alanis
The Wichita Eagle

OKLAHOMA CITY  — When an Oklahoma City police officer responded to a “loud noise complaint” on Friday, he found a man playing the drums on the side of a street.

Officer Nate Ross “chatted with the man, explaining that they had been called there because someone was complaining that the music was too loud,” the Oklahoma City Police Department posted to Facebook.

But his response didn’t end there.

“Little did anyone know that Officer Ross used to play the drums back in the day,” police wrote. So, in an attempt to make his police response a more positive interaction, Ross sat down with the drums — “showing them how it was done.”

His drumming was caught on video by his sister-in-law, who was in the patrol vehicle on a ride-along, KTBC reported. The department posted that video to Facebook on Monday.

In the video, Ross can be seen drumming away as others were rocking their heads to the beat of the music while cars drove by. Across the street, another man could be seen recording Ross’ musical act.

 
Drumming officer interacts with citizens from our great city

Last Friday, our officers were called to a loud noise complaint in south OKC. When they got there, they found a man set up playing drums. Officer Nate Ross was the first to arrive. He chatted with the man, explaining that they had been called there because someone was complaining that the music was too loud. Little did anyone know that Officer Ross used to play the drums back in the day. Someone happened to capture Ross sitting down, showing them how it was done. When asked about this call, Officer Ross said, "I firmly believe that the success of our department, in part, is about our interactions with citizens. I could have gone over there, talking down to them, telling them it was too loud and they needed to turn it down...but this was a lot more fun...it gave me a chance to interact with the people I serve. I got some hugs and handshakes at the end of it all, then they turned it down and left." Yes, our officers have a job to do, and laws to enforce, but how great is it when we can interact with the great citizens we serve?? #loveit #okcpd #communitypolicing #drummingcop

Posted by Oklahoma City Police Department on Monday, April 29, 2019

On Instagram, W3IR-Dos On 29th — “the wildest band coming out of Southside OKC” — identified themselves as those who got the cops called on them.

“We got the cops called on us AND WE STARTED JAMMING WITH THEM!!!” the band wrote on Instagram. The band’s video shows a band member strumming his guitar while the officer was drumming.

“Yooo thats my band!!” Juan Vargas wrote on the department’s Facebook post. “ Lots of love for the OKC (police). You guys are awesome for jamming out with us!!”

When asked about his response, Ross said he believes the success of the department is about citizen interaction, according to the department’s post.

“I could have gone over there, talking down to them, telling them it was too loud and they needed to turn it down...but this was a lot more fun...it gave me a chance to interact with the people I serve,” he said, according to police.

After the jam session, the man turned the music down before leaving, police said.

“Yes, our officers have a job to do, and laws to enforce, but how great is it when we can interact with the great citizens we serve??” the department wrote on Facebook.

That response had a positive reaction on Facebook, and the post has been shared more than 3,600 times as of Tuesday morning.

“Thank you Officer Ross,” one comment says. “You’re an excellent representative of all that is great with the men and women of the Blue!!

“This is the positive image we want our police to project!” another said. “Great job Officer Ross! Not too shabby on the drums either!”

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