Norfolk Police Department Lip Sync Battle
Watch the Norfolk Police Department lip sync battle video
Who says police officers can't have fun?
- A lip sync battle has been taking place between police departments across the US.
- Recently, the Corinth Police Department in Texas posted a video in which they lip sync to Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA."
- They then challenged the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia.
- The Norfolk Police Department responded by making a video to Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk," which has received over 17 million views in less than 24 hours.
- The whole department participated, and it could basically be a professional music video.
Being a police officer is a stressful and demanding job.
But recently, some officers have been introducing some fun into their day-to-day duties.
A lip sync battle that was started by one Texas police officer is making its way across the country — and even across the pond.
According to ABC News, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office in Texas posted a video on their Facebook page of deputy Alexander Mena lip syncing to "Fuiste Mala" by the Kumbia Kings back in June. The video quickly went viral, gaining over one million views. It also prompted other officers and police departments throughout Texas to respond with videos of their own lip syncing skills.
By now, departments from all over are challenging each other to lip sync battles, resulting in some pretty impressive videos. Most recently, the Corinth Police Department in Texas challenged the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia to respond to a video featuring Corinth officers lip syncing to Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA."
The Norfolk Department's answer was a lip sync video to "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars that they posted on Monday. The video looks like it could be an actual music video, complete with perfectly-timed lip syncing, choreography, and props like firetrucks and motorcycles. The officer who plays the main role in the video — Officer Christopher Taveras — even looks vaguely like Bruno Mars. The video has been viewed over 17 million times in less than 24 hours.
Corporal William Pickering told INSIDER that the Norfolk Police Department only realized they had been challenged after they started receiving a number of Facebook messages about the battle. When the department watched Corinth's video, they knew they had their work cut out for them.
"We all got together and it was just a general understanding that we're going to have to accept the challenge," Corporal Pickering said. "There's a lot of pressure involved when you see someone do such a great job, and when you accept a challenge like that knowing that you have to either meet or exceed those expectations."
After posting on Facebook that they had accepted the challenge, Corporal Pickering sent an email out to the department explaining the battle and asking for as many officers as possible to participate. He said that showing the camaraderie between the department's team members was the vision they had for the video from the start.
Corporal Pickering said the email was met with great response. He even reached out to the Norfolk Fire Rescue, who brought over firetrucks and firefighters featured at the end of the video.
The end of the video features most of the department's employees.
Although the department spent a considerable amount of time rehearsing, the filming itself was surprisingly easy. According to Corporal Pickering, they filmed two takes, filming the whole video from beginning to end both times. Daniel Hudson did the filming with an iPad.
"It was a great experience for all of us," Corporal Pickering told INSIDER. "There's nothing like moving as a team. It's a stressful job, and it always nice to have moments where we can all come together and enjoy each other's time."
The response to the video has been overwhelmingly positive, something that Corporal Pickering said he and the rest of the department are very happy about. He said they're looking forward to seeing how far the battle will continue to go.
The Norfolk Department challenged the Seattle Police Department, the Norfolk Constabulary (located in England), the Virginia Beach Police Department, and the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department. We can't wait to see what they come up with.
Video: Norfolk Police, Firefighters Lip sync challenge - Uptown Funk
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