On Tuesday, the New Zealand Police issued an epic dance-off challenge to police forces around the world.A video posted on the New Zealand Police Recruitment Facebook page shows eight police officers dancing to Ghost Town DJ's 1996 hit "My Boo." The video of the dance has been viewed more than 6 million times. "We catch people on the run every day, this was a new #runningmanchallenge for our team," the post said. The NZ Police took the challenge further by passing the torch on to the New York Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, various Australian Police forces, and the UK's Isle of Scilly.
The video is another example of the #runningmanchallenge, a social media phenomenon. The dance was started by Kevin Vincent and Jeremiah Hall, two high schoolers from Hillside New Jersey. Their dance went viral after two members of the Maryland Men's Basketball Teams, Jaylen Brantley, and Jared Nickens, posted a video of themselves doing the #runningmanchallenge. Since their video (and an appearance on Ellen) the challenge has been accepted by professional athletes that include members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Heat, and Denver Broncos and now high profile police forces from around the world. The NYPD responded to New Zealand's #runningmanchallenge with an epic video of their own... The NYPD's version featured local students dancing along with the officers next to the Brooklyn Bridge and a "mic drop" to finish in style. They threw the challenge on to the New York City Fire Department, Boston Police, and Police of Scotland.
The New Zealand Police responded with a "well done" tweet:
The other police forces have yet to step up to New Zealand's challenge. Sgt. Colin Taylor of the Isle of Scilly politely declined the dare saying:
I note that the gauntlet has been laid down by (New Zealand police) for a dance off with us. I also note that they can draw on a supporting cast of thousands of officers and staff whereas we have a modest team of five and occasionally a cat. Our combined age on this small rock in the Atlantic (including feline years) is over 300.Despite their small population and obscure location, Isle of Scilly's police department boasts a surprisingly large social media following. Australia's Queensland police force also weighed in without participating."Well played NZ Police Recruitment. Bet you can't do that in jandals," they posted on their Facebook page. Jandals is a New Zealand term for flip-flops. Who will be next to accept this epic challenge? H/T ABC, CNN, Facebook, Twitter