July 8, 2015 9:12 AM EDT

In some ways, a viral photo of Declan Tramley being stopped by the police looks like the typical scene of a frustrated motorist receiving a ticket. The photo shows Tramley with his hand on his head, looking away from the officer in embarrassment. But, unlike other ticket recipients, Tramley is 3 years old and his motorcycle is made of plastic.

“Remember, no motorcycle parking in the circle by the ferry terminal,” the Halifax Police Department wrote on Twitter. “This ruthless biker was caught yesterday!”

The prank was planned by Tramley’s father in coordination with Halifax Police Department Constable Shawn Currie, who agreed to write the fake ticket. Currie told CTV News that it was nice to show a more fun side of the police. “We’re not always making arrests and hauling people away,” he said. “We like to have fun.”

But the message about tickets may have been lost on the three-year-old. Tramley, whose parents say he loves the police, was so excited about his ticket that he tried to sleep with it.

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