Look Out—It’s New York City’s Bee Cop! And He’s Got a Vacuum Cleaner
NYPD Officer Darren Mays, the city’s go-to guy for urban swarms, sets aside his 9mm pistol and handcuffs for a white-veiled hat and a cherry picker; 400 stings and counting. He is a beat cop by night and the NYPD’s official beekeeper by day -- he removes swarms from across the five boroughs of New York.
On a recent afternoon, an owner of Arturo’s pizzeria in Greenwich Village called the New York City hotline for help to break up a rowdy gathering outside before somebody got hurt. Officer Darren Mays had already pulled a shift at the 104th precinct in Queens, but the New York Police Department dispatched him to Arturo’s. It was the kind of trouble Officer Mays was best equipped to handle. He traded his 9mm pistol and handcuffs for a hedge-trimmer, vacuum and white-veiled hat.