Two Butler County law enforcement agencies have released lip sync challenge videos this week. Now the question is: Which is the better performer — the Middletown Police Department or the Butler County Sheriff's Office? And will any other departments take on the challenge?
Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said numerous people, after watching other public safety departments post lip sync videos, encouraged Middletown to create its own music video.
“Hopefully it made somebody’s bad day a better day where they could laugh a little bit,” he said.
In the video that was released today on the department’s Facebook page, the officers poked fun at themselves by eating doughnuts. The video to Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” features officers upset that there are no doughnuts left in the break room.
Among the video's highlights: Maj. Leanne Hood throws a bagel against a wall and Maj. David Birk sings to a picture of a doughnut on his desk.
The video also features officer Chris Alfrey pounding on the door of a closed Central Pastry.
The video ends with Muterspaw being told that one doughnut is left in the break room — only to find that a K-9 officer has found the doughnut first.
Middletown police have challenged the Fairfield Police Department to create its own lip sync video.
Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard said, “If I can get enough interest from my staff we certainly will.”
On Monday, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office released its answer to the lip sync challenge featuring “The Final Countdown” by Europe, which was recorded in the Butler County Historic Courthouse; a dispatcher belting out “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth; and Sheriff Richard Jones dancing to “Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice with several sheriff’s office employees.
“You have to be able to laugh at yourself,” Jones said, noting he failed at doing the flossing dance but he keeps trying.
The sheriff said the videos humanize law enforcement to the community as well as build morale within the ranks.
“(Officers) have difficult, dangerous jobs. It is good for everyone to have a chance to laugh,” Jones said. “And I hope people are watching it and laughing their (expletive) off.”
The sheriff’s office has challenged the Hamilton and West Chester police departments to the lip sync battle. There's no word yet whether they plan to respond.