So that was the day I knew I was an accepted member of our platoon. It really is true that if they like you, they bug you. In the early years, we heard a lot of different stories; one officer painted the rookie's nightstick white and made him carry it on the beat. One had his rookie stop a car, and when he went up to get the drivers license and registration, the partner drove away and never came back, leaving the rookie with documents in hand and no way to write a ticket and nowhere to go. These are harmless fun situations that let you know the guys like you.
A lot of the pranks have been eliminated, purely from a liability standpoint nowadays, but war stories are fun and part of our history and culture. I do recognize that jokes and pranks can have a negative effect on the working environment if both people involved don't share the same humor, or if the ribbing was done with malice. People also have to know when it is time to quit and where to draw the line. Some don't have that ability and go overboard. No one likes to have their shortcomings mentioned day in and day out in front of a group of people. But generally, police officers are thick-skinned and should be able to joke about themselves.