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The Troy Police Department's Twitter account is straight fire

The city of Troy is known for a lot of things — McMansions, good schools, an upscale mall — but having a chill police force hasn’t historically been one of them. Now, that’s starting to change, thanks to the Troy PD’s deft use of social media.

If you’re not one of the more than 3,500 people following the Troy police account, here’s a sampling of some of its humorous content:

Behind the account is not a millennial, but a meme-savvy 40-year-old who believes a little bit of ingenuity online can go a long way in helping improve the relationship between citizens and police.

“Our whole goal is to let people know we’re human,” Sergeant Meghan Lehman, who heads up the department’s community services division, says. “We were always known for our traffic enforcement, so that kind of says a lot, because people will get a traffic ticket and that negative experience leaves a long lasting impression, so this is kind of a good way to show our other side, which we don’t often have the opportunity to do.”

That “other side” includes the more mundane, community-oriented services that go along with policing one of Michigan’s safest suburbs. It also apparently includes an affinity for stuffed animals and — no surprise here — donuts.

The department also makes statements that suggest it stands in solidarity with the #MeToo movement.…