Hamilton Police Department

Officer Uses Riot Shield To Help Wayward Turtle Cross Street

May 14, 2018 - 12:48 pm

By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

This police officer was forced to use his riot shield while on duty, but thankfully not for the reason you think!

Sergeant Robell of the Hamilton Police Department in New Jersey was on duty when he noticed a snapping turtle stopped in the road -- and quickly realized he could use his shield to help guide the turtle to safety!

Although the critter was a little reluctant at first, and it’s probably not the way his tool was intended to be used, it did help rescue the turtle in a snap!

In a post on Facebook, officers explained the situation: "On occasion, it is necessary for a police officer to utilize a shield while on duty, but we're not sure a snapping turtle was ever thought to be one of those occassions! Watch as Sgt. Robell safely guides this big fella across the street."