You don't say — officers go viral with lip-sync challenge

Area departments aim to show human side of public guardians

Posted 7/23/18

Police departments across the Denver suburbs have been facing a new challenge — a lip sync challenge. In between busting criminals, Denver-area cops have been busting moves in the viral social …

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You don't say — officers go viral with lip-sync challenge

Area departments aim to show human side of public guardians

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Police departments across the Denver suburbs have been facing a new challenge — a lip sync challenge.

In between busting criminals, Denver-area cops have been busting moves in the viral social media challenge.

Cpl. Jessica Chaine of the Lone Tree Police Department brought the challenge to Lone Tree after seeing it sweep local police forces across the country. She said she wanted to take on the challenge to help humanize officers but also to send a strong message.

“They're to show people that we're just normal people who love our jobs,” Chaine said, “and this is a way to show that in a fun way.”

Chaine's original video of her and Cpl. Jeff Gould lip-syncing Carrie Underwood's “The Champion” featuring the rapper Ludacris, in a LTPD squad car, took off online with more than 150,000 views. The video tagged almost every area police department, and some have responded with videos of their own.

The Castle Rock Police Department entered the challenge with Miley Cyrus' party anthem “Party in the USA.” The Douglas County Sheriff's Office entered the fray with an entry featuring Toby Keith's "Should've been a cowboy." The Wheat Ridge Police Department added their own sync-and-dance with “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons.

“We really try to illustrate that community partnership on those social media pages,” said WRPD public information officer Sara Spaulding.

Spaulding said the challenge has provided a unique opportunity to expand their reach on social media. She said the department sometimes relies on people to engage on social media to help with certain cases like kidnappings or missing people.

“It's not only to build relationships on more of a daily basis, but we really rely on the community to have them help us,” she said. “That's one of the important ways social media can help us.”

Police departments in Greeley and Greenwood Village have also posted their own versions of the lip sync challenge, each trying to outdo the last. But some police departments declined to take part.

In a separate wave of the lip sync challenge, Abeline (Texas) Police Chief Stan Standridge posted on the department's Facebook page July 2 declining to accept the “countless tags,” to do the lip sync challenge.

“If we say yes to lip-sync'ing, then we say no to more pressing matters,” the Facebook post reads.

Chaine believes the challenge is still a useful method to reach the community. Spaulding agrees.

“We're just happy to serve our community,” Chaine said. “We want them to know we're just like them. I think it's important for them to realize we're people too.”

UPDATE: On Aug. 6 the Golden Police Department entered the fray as well. 

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