Have you ever wondered what happens when you put a school resource officer back on patrol?
When South Portland (Maine) High School was shut down due to COVID-19, school resource officer Al Giusto went back to patrol.
Giusti, who joined the South Portland Police Department in 2012, said the chief wanted to get a positive message out to the community during stressful times, so Giusti started putting his musical talents to work about a week ago.
Giusto wrote the lyrics in his cruiser last week, after one of his shifts ended. Giusti said he wanted to create a song that would lift peoples’ spirits.
Hundreds of people saw his performance on the South Portland Police Department’s Facebook page Monday and began sharing Giusto’s rendition of “Disinfectant Blues,” a snappy blues tune with a message about social distancing, washing your hands and wearing face coverings.
“Be safe and be smart, stay at home and don’t fall apart, or go for a walk, or go for a run, find different ways to have some fun,” is one verse from the song.
In the Facebook recording, Giusto can been sitting in his cruiser while using a metal pick to strum his resonator, baritone guitar. A headline above the recording says, “This is what happens when you put the school resource officer back on patrol.”