Here Are the 3 Danciest Police #LipSyncBattle Vids

Police offers are sworn to protect and serve their local communities—we all know that. What we didn't know until earlier this week, when a very particular kind of #LipSyncChallenge video started to crowd our newsfeeds, was that a few of these hardworking law-enforcement officials have some serious moves!


The trend started at the end of June with police departments in central Texas challenging each other to post their most creative lip-syncs to danceable hits. (So far, Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" seems to be the most popular song choice.) In the past few days, police and fire departments as far-flung as Seattle, WA, and Norfolk, VA, have started to take on this most daunting of challenges.

But here's the thing: Not all lip-syncs are created equal, nor are all police officers equally skilled in the fine art of dad-dancing while mouthing all the words to Top 40 hits. So in honor of the Police Lip-Sync Battle achieving viral-video craze status, we here at Dance Spirit are proud to bring you our picks for the three danciest entries thus far. You're now under arrest (for the 10-ish minutes it'll take to giggle along to these clips)!

Flower Mound, TX

The PD of Flower Mound, TX, kicks things off with their sass-tastic rendition of Meghan Trainor's "Me Too." Look out for a movie montage-worthy gym sequence, goofy dance bloopers galore (watch 'til the very end!), and the most, well, #inspired version of washing a fire engine we have yet to see in this life. Yeah, we wanna be y'all too, Flower Mound.

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

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We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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