WELLINGTON — The Wellington Police Department debuted its new lip-sync challenge video Monday morning for all the community to see.
Wellington police, fire and EMS officials as well as residents sang and danced along to “My Town” by Michael Stanley Band for the challenge. Every time the group on camera came to the chorus, they’d point to a part of Wellington signs or the Village Hall when saying the refrain of “my town.” And during the guitar solo, Fire Chief Mike Wetherbee and another firefighter rocked out on their service tools.
Police Chief Tim Barfield said the video came out even better than he’d hoped and was glad the village enjoyed it. Mayor Hans Schneider also commended the department for widening the cast.
“Kudos to (the Police Department) for including the fire and ambulance services,” he said. “All three of those groups work together in the village, and I think including all three of them in the video made it that much more special.”
The decision came from the pressure from residents to join in the viral fad and, because of that, police officials sought to involve the residents, too. They even reached out to the community through Facebook to get suggestions of what song to choose.
“I’m elated that we have a community that would call us out, so we had to include them in the video,” Barfield said.
The residents’ portion was filmed during National Night Out on Aug. 7 in anticipation of putting together the video. National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer.
Much like the event, the lip-sync challenge started as a way to build a greater relationship between residents and law enforcement.
Although he enjoyed the challenge, Barfield said the fad was not the best way to build greater trust within the community. Instead, Barfield said the trust between the local law enforcement and the community it serves is done through strong efforts for sharing mutual respect and communicating openly with the public and the press.
“The public is looking for a Police Department that’s professional, they want a Police Department that treats people with respect, that’s what it’s about,” he said.
The video had more than 44,000 views on Facebook as of Tuesday morning as well 168 comments and more than 1,300 shares.