Music festivals and police have always had a complicated relationship. While a police presence is entirely necessary in case things go wrong for whatever reason the intrinsic ideals of a music festival including freedom from society are hindered by an overly intense police presence. That is why when we see stories like this around the web we get giant smiles on our faces. The Michigan State Police had a decent presence at Electric Forest this year but they absolutely nailed the Job.
MSP Hand Out Kandi and Dance Throughout Forest
Reddit user BDWabashFiji posted a picture today of a Kandi that was traded to her by a State Police officer.
They cops literally made custom Kandis that had safety messages written on them. Reminding attendees to party safely. This is by far one of the coolest things we have seen. Officers all weekend were seen sporting Kandi and many festival goers noted they got special safety Kandi when they traded with the officers.
This is how you do public outreach right folks. These guys weren't at Forest to crack down on anyone's good time, they were just present to keep a bit of order and fans safe. One cop was even seen dancing and filming RL Grime's set on weekend 2.
All in all we have to give a huge shout out to the Michigan State Police for how they handled Forest this year. Let us know if you have any cool police stories you want to share!