Officer Checks Out Crime -- and a Few Books

Steven M. Cohen spotted A Washington Post Piece on Garrett Scott, a typical crime-fighter. But not every officer has Cpl. Scott's unlikely beat: patrolling the hushed, book-lined aisles of the District's neighborhood libraries. The 6-foot-1, 275-pound native Washingtonian is part of the library police, an 18-member force that is armed, authorized to make arrests and dedicated to protecting the 2 million people who visit the city's 27 public libraries each year.

"In a perfect world, the library would not need an officer," said Scott one recent afternoon as he drove between branches on his daily rounds. "But sometimes a library is a victim of its environment."

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Anyone else's first thought...

"Book'em Dano"?

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