Anyone who spends time in downtown Halifax knows parking can be a struggle, and nobody knows that more now than three-year-old Declan Tramley

He loves to cruise the Halifax Boardwalk and visit his favourite attraction, the motorcycles. Accompanied by his parents, Declan loves to wear his leather jacket, ride his own bike and mingle with his fellow bikers.

“He parked his bike just like the other motorcyclists would,” says Halifax Regional Police Const. Shawn Currie. “He walked away, and we thought it would be funny if I walked over and pretended to write him a ticket.”

“The police officer went over and started pretending to write him a ticket,” says Declan’s mother Lisa Tramley. “Pictures were taken and it kind of went from there.”

Once Declan’s father snapped the picture, he sent it to the Halifax Regional Police, who jumped at the opportunity to post it on social media. The reaction to the picture has been overwhelming.

“It’s nice to show the different sides of the police,” says Currie. “We’re not always the ones making arrests and hauling people away. We’re just normal like everybody else and we do like to have fun.”


“He loves his ticket,” says Tramley. “He tried to go to sleep with it, actually.”

The picture has received hundreds of re-tweets and favourites on Twitter, and nearly 9,000 likes on Facebook.

With files from CTV's Matt Woodman