LOGAN — The Logan City Police Department has joined the “Lip-Sync Challenge,” a social media trend that has gone viral this summer. The department’s movie leaked onto the internet Tuesday night and quickly spread.
Police Chief Gary Jensen said his staff has wanted to do their own video after seeing other departments around the country, having a fun time trying to humanize police officers. The plot came from the patrol division’s effort over the summer, trying to visit local lemonade stands around the city.
“We decided to do kind of a spoof on that,” explained Jensen. “We had one of our officer’s daughters, pose as lemonade sales young ladies and there is a person that comes up and steals the lemonade. That sets us in motion.”
The video then shows officers scrambling to respond to the theft, jumping into patrol cars, onto motorcycles and scooters, and even a tractor. They chase the suspect through Merlin Olsen Park, running through the stream and along the sidewalk. He is finally cornered near the underground tunnel, where they reenact a scene from the Marvel movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
“One of the Marvel characters is being faced by a dark lord and he starts having a sing-off with him. So we spoof that a little bit,” said Jensen.
The movie ends with officers placing the alleged thief in handcuffs, while “high-fiving” each other, and lip-syncing to the song “Ohh Child,” from The Five Stairsteps. The final scene shows the police chief arriving on his tractor, long after the arrest was over.
Jensen said because of their jobs, the public usually only sees the serious side of law enforcement. He hopes the video shows his officers and staff in a different light.
“We live on the more serious side of life unfortunately. So to take a minute and just step aside from that, and have a bit of a fun time showing our community that we have a sense of humor, and that we like to have a good time as well. It’s just kind of fun.”
The video took several months to complete, since it was filmed while officers were off-duty. It was produced by Rescue 1 Studios, who also donated all of their equipment and time for the project.