When you’re new to a job, sometimes you forget to do the little things, like return a set of keys, log out of your computer, or properly punch your time card.
If you’re a police officer, maybe you forget to turn off your body camera – and accidentally record yourself belting an Adele tune at the top of your lungs.
Rookie cop Ryan Johnson of the Grand Saline Police Department in Texas had been on the job less than a month on March 26 when he found himself making the long drive from Winnsboro back to Grand Saline.
“It’s a 30, 40 minute commute, you get real bored doing that twice a day, especially if it’s late at night, so I sing to keep myself awake,” Johnson told CBS News.
Turned out that one this particular call, Johnson did two things which might qualify as “rookie mistakes”: first, he forgot to turn off his body camera after his call that night.
His next “mistake”: his enthusiastic, hold nothing back, “I’m totally alone in this car, right?” sing-along to Adele’s hit “Hello.”
Johnson is aware his singing chops leave a little bit to be desired.
“If I could sing any better, I probably wouldn’t be a police officer,” he told CBS News.
Of course, the rookie officer was subjected to some good-natured ribbing from his fellow officers once they discovered his performance had been captured on camera.
But Johnson said it was his idea to release the video to the public.
“Rookie officers can provide hours of entertainment, especially when they leave their body cameras running,” the department said in a post on their Facebook page. “We felt the necessity to share this with the community as a learning tool.”
Johnson says he’s taking it all in stride. After all, who hasn’t been guilty of singing in the car?
“When you act that way that I act, you do silly stuff like this, you don’t get embarrassed pretty easily,” Johnson said. “It would make us look human. We’re just like everybody else.”