Much love for photo of cop, panhandler – UPDATE

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HALIFAX – Social media users in Halifax are swooning over a candid photo of a police officer and panhandler described as “awesome” and “heartwarming.”

The photo shows a uniformed officer sitting casually on the sidewalk with his legs outstretched, chatting with a panhandler on Spring Garden Road.

Federal worker Bruno Baurin snapped a photo of the scene during his lunch break on Thursday.

Baurin says he was so struck by seeing two different walks of life on equal ground that he felt compelled to share it on social media.

Halifax Regional Police identified the officer as community officer Const. Shawn Currie, who last year wrote up a fake ticket for a three-year-old boy who was “illegally stopped” on his plastic motorcycle.

Insp. Lindsay Hernden says police have a close relationship with many of the panhandlers in the downtown area and know they are on the streets for a variety of reasons.

Editor’s Note: On May 28, The Canadian Press erroneously reported about a photo of a Halifax police talking with a panhandler that became widely distributed on social media. There were also some references to him as a panhandler in a May 27 story. In fact the man the officer was speaking with was a busker.

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