A Police Officer Responded to a Noise Complaint About a Man Playing the Drums—He Sat Down and Jammed out Too

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When you find a drum set assembled on the street—or anywhere, really—don’t pass up the opportunity to live out your rock star fantasies. Oklahoma City Police Officer Nate Ross definitely didn’t.

Last week, city officers responded to a “loud noise complaint,” the police department wrote on Facebook. Ross, who was the first to arrive, found a man playing the drums on a sidewalk.

“He chatted with the man, explaining that they had been called there because someone was complaining that the music was too loud,” the department said.

Next, Ross picked up the drum sticks and showed everyone it’s done.

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

“Little did anyone know that officer Ross used to play the drums back in the day,” the department said, posting a video a passerby had taken of the officer.

Ross said he saw this as an opportunity to “interact with the people I serve.”

“I firmly believe that the success of our department, in part, is about our interactions with citizens,” he said. “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.”

He said he got some hugs and handshakes at the end of it all, and the men eventually turned it down and left.

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