Stafford hopes to humanize officers with ‘Star Wars’ training video

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STAFFORD, TX-- With the new Star Wars film about to come out, it seems everyone's feeling "The Force" -- especially Stafford's police force. They have created a Facebook video featuring one of their officers training a stormtrooper on the proper procedure for pulling a car over.

Unfortunately for the stormtrooper, the citizen he pulls over is an Obi-Wan Kenobi lookalike, who seems to have the same mind control powers as the original Jedi. The trainee ends up letting the man go about his business, much to the dismay of Officer Cody Woodard who, shaking his head, tells him, "You fall for that every time."

The video has received more than 120,000 views and was the brainchild of Danielle Hardin, Stafford Police administration coordinator. Think of her as their Jedi of social media. "I have a lot of friends that are involved in the 501st and the Rebel Legion (Star Wars fan groups)," she explains, "so with the hype of the new movie coming out, I thought this would be a fun idea to do something with the police officers and with students at the Stafford Municipal School District."

Some folks (surely from the Dark Side) have complained police have more important things to do than video spoofs. But interim police chief Richard Ramirez says it allows people to see his officers in a different light, "We just want people to know that we're approachable, that every time you come across a police officer, it doesn't have to be a negative experience."

Hardin agrees, "Sometimes we let loose and just have some fun, too."