RENO, NV - Everyone knows that Washoe County has a helicopter they've dubbed "Raven" to help fight crime from the sky, but have you heard about the crow that's adopted local police as one of its own?
An actual bird named Alfred has taken a liking to the men and women in uniform frequently showing up on calls around downtown.
There's a reason the crow has an affinity for the police.
It was raised by a woman named Margo, who lives near the police station and has seen how she interacts with officers.
Margo has a soft spot for lost souls opening her house to homeless friends in the neighborhood.
Sometimes that leads to trouble and visits from the police.
"He likes the police," says Margo "because he can tell that I felt safer and comforted that they were good guys... and so now he'll go over to the police station and poop and their cars to show them that he loves them."
Alfred has decided to start dropping in wherever he sees them.
The clever bird picked up on when shift change happens and started hanging out in the motor pool waiting for everyone to come outside.
He likes attention.
Sometimes Alfred will fly right up to the window of a patrol car.
Perched on there, he drops his head to let the officer know he would like to be touched.
Alfred can also be a prankster if ignored stealing pens, paperwork, even keys then hopping off just out of reach.
It can be another challenge for busy police but also a compliment, because as they say animals are usually a good judge of character.