Humor is a great shelter during the most challenging times, and it explains why the coronavirus pandemic has sparked so many jokes and memes all over the internet.

The Lawrence Police Department has also proved that having a laugh is no crime. In fact, it might be all we really need. Their Twitter account has a staggering 170.7K followers who get updated with practical, humorous advice on living through the virus daily. “Return your TP to the store,” “2 pounds of ground beef is enough,” and “don’t crime” are among the department’s wisdom nuggets. When police are saying “we’ll rock this together, but apart,” they really mean it.

And some stress-relieving endorphins are a big luxury these days. Pandas, don't forget to upvote your favorite tweets! Plus, scroll down below for Bored Panda’s interview with Sergeant and public affairs officer Drew Fennelly, the man behind the viral Twitter account.

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Danish Dynomummy
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3 months ago

And don't crime - LOL I'm dead!

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Carol Emory
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3 months ago

LOL! Don't expect that to show up on your paycheck!!

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Captain Awesome
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3 months ago

Go hard or go home

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It’s not the first time the Lawrence Police Dept. has been praised for their sense of humor. After their tweet about a Tostito's bag which served as a breathalyzer went viral with 132K likes and 74K tweets, the department was now part of the big game.

The man behind the account, public affairs officer Drew Fennelly, has managed to create a bridge between law enforcement and millennials. "What we have found is that using humor generates a lot more interest because people don't expect a police department to be funny," Fennelly explained.

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Kate Kyffin
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3 months ago

hahaahahahaa excellent

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European other
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3 months ago

Pretend winter lol

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Boodle
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3 months ago

great chat. thx

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Drew Fenelly told Bored Panda that “we have built a strong relationship with our followers and, more importantly, with our community, using humor to relate with people and show that law enforcement officers are human beings.”

As a law enforcement agency, they are all too aware of the threat facing everyone right now. While social media is bombarding people with information, “we are trying to provide some levity, a small respite for people in our community and beyond, to help people cope with the outbreak and show that we are all in this together,” explained Drew Fenelly.

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Colin L
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3 months ago

Easy enough to diagnose: cr@p for brains thinks they can profit off of others in a crisis.

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Sue_Doe
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3 months ago

lmao....this makes me want to move to Lawrence.

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ƒιѕн
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3 months ago

Crime is always banned in Lawrence.

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Sergeant Fenelly asks everyone to stay cognizant. “Even though we are separated physically by the spread of closings and shuttered businesses, we are bonded together as humans in the protection of the most vulnerable members of society.” Plus, “don’t crime,” added the Sergeant.

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Freya the Wanderer
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3 months ago

People shoot at tornadoes? How pickle-brained can one get?

Night Owl
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3 months ago

To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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Tovah Roche
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3 months ago

I have so many questions.

Havaneiss Dei
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3 months ago

At a courier service, I used to work with several ex-LEOs. Company policy was that we should always be unarmed; some followed that policy religiously (at the time, I was among that group), but most "mostly followed" that policy. It's almost midnight on 12/31 when the ex-LEO I'm training tells me he's gonna fire off a few rounds from his .45 (ACP). I told him that was a bad idea, especially in light of the fact we were at a banking center (cameras everywhere), we were on a dead-end street with hotels and a very busy commercial area nearby, etc. -- plus there was no real "safe target" into which to fire. He said he was gonna fire into the air, and he tried pretty hard to get me to fire his weapon; I declined, and he got angry -- so angry that I thought he was gonna shoot me. In the end, I convinced him I wasn't gonna rat, but I was concerned that he was gonna get caught for the reasons I mentioned. He fired 8 shots into the air, towards the busy nearby Interstate (I-20).

Havaneiss Dei
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3 months ago

After that, I didn't have to wonder too hard to come up with a theory about why he was an EX-LEO.

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Call me miss yoonji
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3 months ago

WTH happened here

Kanga9ine
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3 months ago

You'd be amazed at the average brain pickled people that walk amongst the clueless.

Rani Johnson
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2 months ago

Wtf

Sue Prewitt
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2 months ago

You actually have to tell people that?

Meami
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3 months ago

I didn't know that was even a thing - I feel so naive...

Nate Sit
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3 months ago

Fact: shooting at a tornado with a gatling gun sends bullets flying in all directions (actually I don’t know if that’s true. I’m no physicist)

Richard Davis
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3 months ago

People in the Midwest are pretty much "hold my beer" about tornadoes.

c Fuller
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3 months ago

hahahahaha! Can't believe people do that!

Baali Venomax
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3 months ago

Yeah the tornadoes dont like it ;)

Diana Powers
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3 months ago

I love this guy! I'm laughing so hard I can hardly type. Thanks Sergeant Fenelly. You're a good antidote for what ails us right now. Keep 'em coming. a fan in Milford, CT

Christine Ladyman
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3 months ago

I'm sure there are those who do this! 😢

Fran Stateler
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3 months ago

Wow! Now that's extreme boredom

Carole Smith
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3 months ago

Very stupid!

Anna roberts
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3 months ago

Very whiskey

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Sarah Bench
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3 months ago

🤦🏻‍♀️

Holly Molly
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3 months ago

Maybe they are hoping a cow will drop from the sky

devi L.
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3 months ago

Lmao tf

European other
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3 months ago (edited)

But we all have firearms and we are not supposed to shoot the neighbours now

Nikki Chatelain
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3 months ago

Maybe it was the Winchesters

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Night Owl
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3 months ago (edited)

Ah, if only people wouldn't crime ... ... you'd have to find another job

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K Miller
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3 months ago

And doesn't scare the tellers lol

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It’s been reported on various media channels that there’s a great shortage of coronavirus tests in the US—only 14K tests have been conducted nationally in comparison to 20K tests run daily in China.

Health care experts are worried that the country isn’t prepared for a pandemic. Dr. Eric Toner from John Hopkins Center for Health Security said that “We’re not prepared, nor is any place prepared for a Wuhan-like outbreak.” If people were able to access the needed intensive care, the doctor is convinced that “we’d see the same bad outcomes they saw in Wuhan—with a very high case fatality rate.”

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IT'S THE SWEET ONE
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3 months ago

And not steal toilet paper. Just an idea

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Night Owl
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3 months ago

You need to ban doing crime again

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Peter Bear
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3 months ago

Suburbitanks. I love this word.

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María Hermida
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3 months ago

I don't know how expensive a DUI is, but compared to the risk, it's not expensive enough. It should be considered attempted murder.

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Rissie
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3 months ago

Good job and just saying...

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Renae Dougherty
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3 months ago

Burn on Riley County lol

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Kate Priestley
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3 months ago

St Patrick's Day?

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Freya the Wanderer
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3 months ago

It's foolish to hoard food that doesn't keep. Unless you have a big freezer - or a large, hungry family - that ground beef will go bad long before you can eat it all.

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Marcellus the Third
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3 months ago

You have to pitch even lower for this public.

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Colin L
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3 months ago

I'm wondering what will happen to these weird hoarders in 6 months...

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Gin
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3 months ago

Animal control: You handle your picnics, we'll handle the bears.

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Colin L
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3 months ago

Have 4-wheel drive? Great... being able to go doesn't give you the ability to stop.

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Colin L
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3 months ago

I stopped a friend who started saying "I know sober driving is the best, but..." ... But nothing, there is no "but" that really works.

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Peter Bear
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3 months ago

Pigs are amazing and noble animals, and these fine fellows of law enforcement recognize that for the compliment it is.

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Bob Beltcher
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3 months ago

Not a joke in Texas. For some culture groups it is common to shot off a gun during new years. We have had multiple people hit by stray bullets because of these idiots. It got so bad the last few years, news stations are reminding people of the laws and penalties of discharging in public.

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Kanga9ine
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3 months ago

Life on the road isn't the same as Grand Theft Auto Video games. Grow up if your going to risk driving for real.

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ƒιѕн
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3 months ago

Thanks for the update, I was wondering how that turned out.

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

Any weather, day or night, is excellent for not going into a road rage. Keep your cool because Karma is omnipresent and a real b!tch.

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