Will CCSO and CCFR join the lip syncing fun? We hope so
A fast car fishtailing through a corner on a dirt road. A convict gently "helping" a cop put his handgun back in its holster. Prineville's finest chilling in the front seat of a squad car, mouthing the words to the Waylon Jennings' "Good Ol' Boys" classic from the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show as convicts in the back seat join the performance.
Many local residents got acquainted this weekend with the Prineville Police Department's answer to the law enforcement lip sync challenge that is sweeping across the country. And they loved it.
Prineville Police Cpt. Larry Seymour, who stars in the video lip syncing in the driver seat of a squad car, said the local agency agreed to join the challenge and produce the roughly five-minute video as part of its ongoing attempt to "humanize the badge."
Performed and shot by volunteering, off-duty officers and making use of personal items — bows and arrows and a cell phone, for example — and a discontinued squad car, the crew put together an amusing nod to the "Dukes" TV show. The only thing missing was a car flying off of a large dirt pile, but hey, they only had a few days to put it together, so I guess they get a pass on that one.
Viewers were treated to not one but two songs — the first one was so short, at just over two minutes, that the cops decided to add a rendition of "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys" by Jennings and Willie Nelson.
The boys in blue even threw in some well-captured video of Prineville's more picturesque locations, like the Crook County Courthouse, the City Hall plaza and the always-stunning look at the entire community from the Ochoco View Point.
If humanizing the badge was the goal, we say mission accomplished. If capturing the culture of the community was important, that came through as well. While some agencies have performed to modern hits like "Uptown Funk" and "Who Let the Dogs Out?" the Prineville department smartly went country and tapped into the cowboy culture of the community. And they didn't just stand in front of a camera and mail it in. They injected action and comedy, as well as some fun dialogue, and delivered something memorable that resonated with many people in town. Heck, Waylon Jennings' Facebook page administrator even took notice and gave the video a share and a shout-out.
The police hope to hit 500,000 views on Facebook by the end of July. As of Monday morning, they eclipsed 300,000. We like their chances.
The agency also paid the challenge forward. Crook County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Fire and Rescue and "other Central Oregon agencies" are officially on notice. Hopefully, they accept and have as much fun with it as the PD.
Imagine the possibilities. So many more songs and so many great TV shows and movies from which to choose. Could CCSO work in a nod to "Smokey and the Bandit" or "COPS" or maybe "Super Troopers"? Could our firefighters mouth the words to The Trammps' "Disco Inferno" or "Fire" by the Ohio Players? Maybe they could lip sync to that Billy Joel hit, "We Didn't Start the Fire."
We have already seen the competitive spirit of the local agencies at the annual chili cook-offs. Wouldn't it be great if they tried to knock out the best lip sync video? Not only do the other two emergency service organizations get their own chance to humanize their department, the community is gifted with two more videos to enjoy and share. Everybody wins, right?
So to the police department we say, excellent work, and to CCSO and CCFR, we are humbly and eagerly requesting that you show us all what you got. Embrace the challenge.