Police are used to problem solving, so when a little girl reached out and asked for some help with her maths homework, they were happy to help.
Ten-year-old Lena Draper sent a Facebook message to her local police department explaining she was having a bit of trouble with her homework assignment.
Instead of pointing her in the direction of her teacher, or her parents, Lt. B.J. Gruber decided to respond to her plea for help with a simple: "Ok with what?"
Eager Lena quickly shared the offending question (8+29)x15 and was given this helpful tip: "Do the numbers in the parenthesis first so in essence it would be 37 x 15."
Lena, realising she was on to a good thing, took the chance to pose another problem, this time (90+27)+(29+15)x2.
Lt. Gruber was confident. He had this. Again happy to help, he responded with what he thought was the right answer.
What a hero....except there was one tiny issue. He was wrong. The answer he'd given to Lena ended up being incorrect, a fact quickly pointed out by family friends when mum Molly shared the exchange on Facebook.
The actual answer is to add the numbers in the second parentheses and multiply that answer - and that alone - by two, then add it to the numbers in the first parentheses.
"If you're worried about the police department's mathematical abilities, stand down," The red-faced Lt. Gruber took to the Marion Police Department's Facebook page to explain.
"Hoping it is truly the thought that counts since apparently I cannot!" he joked. "Especially since the answer was wrong, it was very nice for Molly to acknowledge our attempt to help her daughter with some math homework."