Longview police didn’t pull any punches in their response to the Kelso Police Department’s lip sync challenge.
Officers knocked down a door with a battering-ram inspired take of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” danced sensuously to Britney Spears’s “Oops! ... I Did It Again,” then belted out renditions of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” from The Backstreet Boys and “Bye Bye Bye,” from NSYNC.
The department was challenged to create a lip sync video by the Kelso police department, who released their rendition of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” on Monday.
Longview’s video is part of a broad, informal contest among law enforcement agencies across the country. Various officers and deputies have filmed themselves singing along either in their patrol cars or, like Kelso and Longview, in larger productions.
Longview police detective Trevor Eades, who participated in each of the songs, called the challenge a chance to show the community a different side of the police.
“It was meant to be goofy,” he said. “We all just planned on looking a little bit silly. ... I think that it’s the same thing throughout the nation. I think the community needs to see a different side of police and know that it’s not all about arresting and tickets. There’s a fun side to all of us.”
The video was shot with an officer’s personal recording equipment, Eades said. Some officers who participated were stopping by on-duty, but most were off-duty, he said.
Longview has now passed the challenge on to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.
Other local police departments are joining in too. On their Facebook page, the Kalama Police Department made an enigmatic post searching for “someone with videography experience and equipment to loan their talents and time to our department for a ‘special project.’”
And on July 11, the St. Helens Police Department in Oregon released their own lip sync video of Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” complete with smoke machines, flashing police lights, and a five-man band on guitars, drums and a keyboard.