These cops needed this image burned into their minds like a fish needs a bicycle.
A pack of 25 police officers who were participating in an Upper Darby bicycle school for cops were shocked when they rode up on a man and woman having sex on a bench near the baseball diamond at Naylor's Run Park yesterday afternoon, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
"Imagine being arrested by 25 cops," Chitwood said."They were as shocked as the police were."
Once a year, the Upper Darby Police Department conducts a bicycle training school for officers from other departments and this year the class of 25 included cops from Haverford, Narberth, Clifton Heights and various other departments.
Officers do classroom work the first day of the five-day school, which certifies the officers to operate a bicycle on police patrol, but the remaining four days are spent out on the streets of Upper Darby on their bicycles, Chitwood said.
"When you see 25 police officers biking through, it's kind of impressive," he said.
Around 4 p.m. yesterday, the bicycle cops were finishing up their daily ride in Naylor's Run Park. They had passed by the kids on swings and the people on the tennis courts and then they rode up to the baseball diamond, where they were startled by a man and woman who were participating in a different kind of aerobic activity, Chitwood said.
"There they are, on the first base line. There's a bench, she is bent over the bench and our friend is behind her with his pants down to his ankle," Chitwood said, "banging away."
Mind you, it was 92 degrees and 4 o'clock in the afternoon when the cops rolled up on this. Chitwood said there was no one else around before police startled the couple, but as they were arresting them, a teenager did walk by, receiving lessons in both anatomy and criminal justice.
Chitwood identified the couple as Jennifer Harvey, 41, of Clifton Heights, and Richard McBride, 37, of North Philadelphia.
"They don't have parks in Philadelphia?" Chitwood said. "They have parks. Stay over there."
Chitwood said he didn't know if the two were dating but he said police don't suspect prostitution.
"This was an interlude," he said.
Harvey and McBride were both charged with open lewdness and disorderly conduct.
"These officers go on a tour of Upper Darby to see the sites and neighborhood and instead get taken to sex incorporated," Chitwood said.
At the request of my fine (or freaky) editors, I'm including this question for you, dear readers:
Let us know in the comments: Where is the most public place you've had sex?