What It Takes To Be NYPD’s Elite Bee Cop

Officer Mays: I’ve been
stung well over 400 times. No line of duty injury report. It’s just that you never get used to it. Narrator: Meet the NYPD’s elite bee cop, Officer Darren Mays. He takes care of about 40,000 honeybees. They live on the roof of the
104th precinct in Queens. Normally, he’s a patrol
officer on the night shift. But since 2014, he’s
gotten dozens of calls to rescue New York’s lost bees. Officer Mays: During the
daytime I’m sleeping. And that’s when bees are
swarming, usually I’m asleep. I wake up, make sure I make arrangements for my little one to get
picked up from day care. Head in my car and head to the city. It’s a good rush. The adrenaline is a rush
because you know you’re gonna get an audience. Once I get there it’s usually cordoned off with other officers waiting on my arrival. And also have access to ESU to get me anything I need. If I need a power source
to plug my vacuum into, they’ll get that for me. The generator, or hook it up to their
truck where I can get power. A portion of it is made from a – from a regular vacuum. But it has components on it where you can adjust the suction vacuum on it, so you don’t destroy or kill the bees as they’re being suctioned in. They get suctioned into a box. It’s like a hive box with a cage on it that can be used for transport. Transport ’em to home or
even at the rooftop apiary that I have here at my command. I’m the only cop that I know of in the police department
or probably worldwide that has an apiary on their roof. Narrator: Unofficially,
cops have been filling the role since 1994. Today, Officer Mays is one of two cops on the NYPD’s bee unit. Officer Lauriano: I’m known as the bee guy sometimes they’ll throw
out Winnie the Pooh it’s all in good fun. They call us beekeepers but are we really beekeepers? They’re free to go wherever they want. We kind of just help them along the way. Give them a nice piece
of real estate for them to have and it’s up to them what they want to do. Officer Mays: The job that
I do for the department, I guess it’s important because sometimes it depends on
where the bees swarm. They can swarm onto a bicycle, a tree, hovering right above
your head, on a building. And, New Yorkers, they walk kind of cluelessly and they can actually walk
into a swarm without knowing and they could be stung
so that’s why they call on us to remove them. Officer Lauriano: Oh don’t
be afraid of the honeybee. We need them in society. We need them in our environment. There’s nothing to be afraid of them. Officer Mays: I never was into honeybees, I never liked honey. So I had friend named Rich who lives in Massachusetts. Narrator: Officer Mays’
buddy Rich introduced him to beekeeping in 2007. And he was hooked. That Christmas, his wife bought him a kit and the rest is history. Now Officer Mays harvests
about 600 pounds of honey each year. Officer Mays: It’s ready to be extracted. Full frame here. We’re gonna take the cappings off the top. Put it through an extractor, filter it, bottle it. What I do is give it away to friends and family and a lot of my co-workers they’re willing to give me donations for the work that I put in because of my time and
the equipment that I use. Everything is out of pocket so they give me donations
for jars to offset the costs. Officer Lauriano: They’re cute. They’re fuzzy, they fly around. They want to be around us. I want to be around them. And what I can say is I love
’em as much as New Yorkers and that’s a lot.


  1. Thanks for showing me that was a bee on the thumbnail, insider. I would’ve never known otherwise.

  2. Fun fact honey bees are actually very invasive they were taking here on a boat around 1772 so the English man could put honey in their tea and they kill off other pollinators like other bees bugs that pollinate butterflies etc so they are like the jerks in the bug world and if they die off we still have a bunch of million pollinators

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  4. I'm glad they are keep them a live most places don't they just spray them with some kind of foamy water and the let them die

  5. It is un-"bee"-liveable what these guys do, they are truly the "bee's-knees." It would "bee" an honor to meet them 😉

    Seriously though, good job for these cops – Those swarms of bees look intimidating 0_0

  6. When we destroy and occupy their place they come and take their place where else can they go forest fires ,pollutions, industries poor bees have nowhere to go..

  7. *NYPD bee cops knocks on door* Bee cop:Sir we've got a warrant for you, *Suspect tries to punch officer* Bee cop: BEES ATTACK

  8. I love bees and I’ve only ever been stung by one once, and it was all because of fear. Once I learned that they are harmless and get killed for no good reason, I became the biggest bee protector/fan. Luckily, I’ve had bees land on me or my surroundings and I always get so excited, I take pictures of them, etc and I never get stung.

    Also, These two are the cutest cops ever.

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