Police across the world take up 'running man' recruitment dance challenge
The force has garnered more than 5.2 million views on Facebook with their sick moves, and they want others to get in on it, Police officers in an epic dance battle have thrown down the gauntlet to other forces with this hilarious video.
Performing what's gone viral as the "Running Man Challenge" , the New Zealand force showed they have some mad dancefloor skills and now they've challenged New York Police Department to show what they've got.
The battle kicked off when NZ Police Recruitment shared a video yesterday. "We catch people on the run every day," they wrote on Facebook, adding: "This was a new #runningmanchallenge for our team."
To a soundtrack of My Boo by the Ghost Town DJs, the video shows officers getting out of their police vehicle before they start throwing down some quality moves, with one gifted officer taking on the 'running man' mantle. "We catch people on the run every day," they wrote on Facebook, adding: "This was a new #runningmanchallenge for our team."
Afterwards he casually takes his pocketbook out and returns to work. The 30-second clip is part of a campaign by the force to sign up 400 new officers by the end of the year, particularly of Maori, Pacific Island, Asian, Middle Eastern and Indian descent.
With more than 5.2 million views so far, it's been a hit - and the NZ force has called on cops from across neighbouring Australia to get involved. They've also namechecked LAPD, NYPD and Cornish force the Isles of Scilly Police , asking all of them: "Are you up for it?"
The NYPD force came back quickly, with kids enlisted to offer some street cred.
But the UK's potential participant, Colin Taylor of the Isles of Scilly, says he won't be getting involved.
In a humorous Facebook post , he responded: "I note that the gauntlet has been laid down 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."
He went on: "Our combined age on this small rock in the Atlantic (including feline years) is over 300. Ours is not to dance or body pop ever since the thespian PC Mat 'Flashdance' Collier left these shores several years ago.
"When we do so, we now do levity in the medium of cake."
He signed off 'Sgt Colin 'Dad Dance' Taylor'.
The duo behind the 'Running Man Challenge' appeared on The Ellen Show on Tuesday explaining the thinking behind the viral hit.
Kevin Vincent and Jeremiah Hall from New Jersey made the dance up themselves but it took off when two University of Maryland basketball players did the dance and shared their video online.
Here is the Scotland Police Running Man Challenge #RunningManChallenge Published on May 4, 2016