ADA, Okla. (NBC/ KFOR) — He’s the most popular police officer in Ada, Okla. But he’s a real dummy. He’s the celebrity who’s become known as “Plastic PoPo,” and he’s become a big part of the Ada community.
“We call him Waldo,” said Ada Police Department Sgt. Dewayne Campbell.
As a member of the Ada Police Department, Officer Waldo is getting a lot of attention.
“He don’t say much but he gets the job done,” said neighbor Chris Cannon.
“He’s growing in popularity,” said Campbell.
He’s a quiet, yet very effective, officer.
“He is the most inactive, active member of the community of Ada,” said Jungle Ice Snocones owner Melanie Carson.
“He leaves us alone,” said Cannon. “He don’t bother us too much.”
That’s because Waldo is not real.
“We amputated his legs to kind of make him easier to move around,” said Campbell.
This CPR dummy has been serving this town for more than a year. Every day, officers move him and his car to a different location, getting the attention of drivers.
“It’s an effective way to get people’s minds back into driving,” said Campbell.
“It was funny because we would watch people slam on their breaks,” said Carson.
But Waldo, better known as the “Plastic PoPo” is doing more than slowing drivers down. He’s gaining a big following on social media. He even has his own snow cone.
“We are still selling PoPo Snocone,” said Carson.
It’s white coconut and blue coconut with doughnut sprinkles on top. This PoPo Snocone at Jungle Ice is a big hit.
“I think this is really a positive thing, and it’s something everyone likes,” said Carson.
Though, he’s not everyone’s favorite.
“Amongst the police officers, he’s kind of shunned,” said Campbell.
They say carrying him around is a bit of a nuisance, but the job he’s doing is making a difference. Waldo was recently tagged to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but so far he hasn’t said if he’ll do it.