Nash deputies issue Lip Sync Challenge

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Wilson police and Wilson County deputies may want to brush up on their soulful poses and dance moves — their Nash County counterparts have challenged them to a good-natured duel for community relations and bragging rights.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office released its Lip Sync Challenge video last Thursday, joining dozens of police and sheriffs’ departments across the country in the viral video craze.

Deputies are shown wiping the counter, cleaning tables, posing and dancing inside the Red Oak Cafe while lip-syncing to popular songs. McGruff the Crime Dog and sheriff’s K-9 Chase even get in on the act.

The 4-minute, 49-second video opens with Bebe Rexha’s “Meant to Be” featuring Florida Georgia Line. A scene where deputies flash candy in the cafe as if fanning cash is accompanied by D4L’s “Laffy Taffy.” Two songs chosen for their crime and punishment-themed choruses — “Mrs. Officer” by Lil Wayne and Shaggy’s “Wasn’t Me,” follow, and the playlist closes with Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”

Sheriff Keith Stone doesn’t make a cameo, but he is thanked in a credit message displayed on screen at the video’s conclusion. Nash County Senior Center coordinator Morgan Doughtie is credited as the project’s videographer.

Staff members featured in the video include Chief Deputy Brandon Medina, Capt. Curtis Moore, Sgt. Yvette Whitley, Senior Deputy Liz Cahoon, Detective Anna Hernandez and deputies Amanda Clark, Shelby Smith, Tommy Allen and Joey Privette along with Privette’s four-legged partner Chase, according to the film credits.

The Lip Sync Challenge began spreading coast-to-coast in June as a way to show off law enforcement officers’ less-serious side and stoke friendly competition between departments in neighboring jurisdictions. The Norfolk Police Department in Virginia racked up more than 64 million views on YouTube with its Bruno Mars-inspired entry.

By those standards, Nash County’s video has yet to go viral. It had 22,868 views and 14 comments as of Monday evening. Watch the local Lip Sync Challenge through the shortened link https://bit.ly/2zJrx45.

Agencies that record lip sync videos often conclude their effort by challenging other departments to participate. In addition to the Wilson Police Department and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Nash County tagged the Spring Hope, Bailey, Middlesex, Nashville, Rocky Mount and Tarboro police departments and the Edgecombe, Halifax, Franklin and Johnston county sheriffs’ offices.