NYPD Puts Their ‘Law And Order’ Elf on the Shelf to Work, and Now He’s a Cop Named Pete

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The holidays are a time of heavy surveillance — even before the Elf on the Shelf, there was Santa Claus and his ever-present watchful eye, waiting to put you on the naughty list. So, it’s sort of a natural progression that there’s now an Elf on the Shelf who’s a literal cop, thanks to the NYPD.

The New York Police Department made a new Elf on the Shelf who is a member of the city’s 19th precinct. His name is, uh, Pete.

The department tweeted a photo of the Elf, and their caption might sound familiar.

“In the criminal justice system, candy cane assaults are considered especially heinous,” the tweet reads. “In New York City, the dedicated detective who investigates these vicious crimes is a member of an elite squad & is known as #PeteOnTheBeat. These are his stories. #DunDun.”

They also gave Pete his own backstory in other tweets. He joins the 19th precinct on temporary assignment “from the far North” for a “holiday pilot program—to determine if you’ve been bad or good.”

Pete even attended his first daily briefing of the naughty and nice list.

“#PeteOnTheBeat making a list to be checked twice,” they wrote.

In other photos, Pete accidentally scans himself with the scanner, helps decorate the precinct, and studies the naughty “Most Wanted” list. The list consists of such famous criminals as the Grinch and Oogie Boogie.

And there are so many more:

So if you find some candy canes crushed this holiday season, don’t worry – Pete is on the beat.