So you want to know how the “Cops love doughnuts” meme began? Read on:
As more police departments began using patrol cars, doughnut shops such as Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts, founded in 1937 and 1950 respectively, began cropping up around the nation. Until the 1950s, most police officers had worked foot-beats. Motor vehicles not only provided police with better surveillance and mobility, but also incentive to patronize local businesses.
To meet the demand of the morning rush, doughnut shops operated at night—the same hours as police were working the graveyard shift. Officers would visit the doughnut shops to grab a cheap late-night snack, get a caffeine-filled cup of coffee, or fill out paperwork in a comfortable environment. The presence of police during the late-night hours provided security for shop workers. This symbiotic relationship gave rise to the popular conception of cops being addicted to doughnuts. (H/T – Rick)
It also helps that they’re so sweet and tasty…