A group of officers went great lengths to "beat the heat" and had some fun in the process (video below).
The police department in Dixon, Illinois, took to Twitter to call on parents to private message them and let them know where to send them for some summer fun. Officer Lincoln Sharp came up with the idea when he was driving around and noticed kids playing with water guns.
“That’s kind of how his brain works,” police clerk Bob McCoy told WQAD of Sharp.
The department posted about the water gun fights on its Facebook page:
"In case you missed it,
"The Dixon Police Department took to Twitter today in efforts to get some relief from the heat!
"In a way of 'challenging' children through their parent's Twitter accounts, patrol officers showed up at their doorsteps to have some wet and crazy fun!
"We couldn't have had a better time bonding with our community and this was a great success! Due to that success, future events similar to this will be planned.
"In case some are wondering, the reason Twitter was used is because the application has the capability to send out quick/easy "tweets" as compared to the lenghty posts on Facebook. Please be sure to follow us on all our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to stay the most up to date on department events!"
The officer’s idea garnered praise on social media, with many thanking the department for doing something to bring people together and have fun.
“This is the sort of stuff we should see on the news, not all the negative stuff that the media likes to show. We have the best PD,” one resident wrote on the department’s Facebook page.
“Awesome! Loving the positive influence for the kidos and new way to see law enforcement. GREAT JOB DIXON PD!” another wrote.
Watch more about the officers’ fun day in the video below.