Has the ‘Pokémon Go’ Game Become a Problem for Sioux Falls Police?
In case you haven't noticed yet, the 'Pokémon Go' game is all the rage at the moment.
People have been going absolutely bat crap crazy for it since the smart phone app for the popular late 1990's game came out on July 6, 2016. Chances are if you visit a public park, the mall, or even look around your workplace today you'll probably catch someone in search of virtual creatures.
If you're unfamiliar with how the game works, in simple terms Pokémon Go uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokémon "appear" around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them.
As game players move around in the real world, different types of Pokémon appear depending on where you're located and what time it is. Confused yet? I thought so. Basically, the gist of the game is for you to travel around in the real world in trying to catch Pokémon. The combination of the game and real world interacting is known as "augmented reality" to game players.
The problem with the game facing many law enforcement agencies across the country at the moment, given the recent police shootings in Dallas and all the heightened tensions around police nationwide, is that law enforcement officials want to make sure that no one does anything to endanger themselves or others while playing.
Simply put, in light of recent events, this definitely would not be the best time to go creeping around police officers or the police department playing the Pokémon game during tense times such as these.
Has game play become a problem in Sioux Falls? According to Police spokesman Sam Clemens, not yet.
Clemens says, the Sioux Falls PD has fielded a number of calls about people walking around doing suspicious things on their smartphones. After investigating, police found they were just simply playing the game.
In fact, if you happen to be playing the Pokémon Go game near police, it might be extremely wise to let them know you're not looking to pop a cap in them, you're just in search of Squirtle who happens to be hiding out around the corner.
Source: The Argus Leader