Kelso police Monday got in on a national lip sync battle that has swept across the nation’s law enforcement agencies, and they’ve done it in style: with an homage to Rick Astley’s hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
Officers Kody Joslen, Brian Rominger, Roy Slaven and Andrew Drakos appeared singing, dancing, and even jumping off a fence while performing the 1987 pop song. After a day, the video had already racked up more than 600,000 views and 17,000 shares on the police agency’s Facebook page.
Kelso police also challenged the Longview Police Department. Longview police administrative manager Mary Chennault said that the department hasn’t put together a video yet, but it enjoyed Kelso’s video and challenge and is supportive of any officers who want to make their own video.
Kelso Sgt. Brian Clark said that participating in the challenge was a way for the department to show “the human side” of what police do.
“It’s a great way to promote the positive things that we do and the people that we represent,” Clark said.
Law enforcement and fire agencies across the U.S. have participated in the informal challenge, which began with deputies and officers lip-syncing to songs from their patrol cars. Within several weeks, productions have grown into more elaborate, department-wide efforts. Each department then challenges another law enforcement agency to do the same.
Clark said the “Never Gonna Give You Up” was one of officer Joslen’s favorite karaoke songs. He didn’t know whether Joslen intended to “rickroll” viewers with the song. (A rickroll is a prank where a victim is intentionally misdirected to a video of pop star Rick Astley’s hit.) But he said the response to the video speaks for itself.
“He certainly did rickroll the internet,” Clark said.
In a comment under the Facebook video, Kelso police report that the officers recorded and produced the video on their own time and with their own production equipment. Even Kelso City Manager Steve Taylor even wrote a comment endorsing the video.
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