Thursday, September 29, 2022

It’s here: York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office releases #lipsyncchallenge video on Facebook

The time has come: The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office has taken a stab at the nationwide lip-sync challenge, and the video is now live on Facebook.

The sheriff’s office and the York County Department of Fire & Life Safety collaborated on the video, which runs about five minutes to the tune of Will Smith’s “Men in Black.”

By 1 p.m. Tuesday, the video had more than 3,200 reactions, 5,100 shares and 119,000 views.

The video features drone footage, river divers, a crowd of people dancing at Yorktown’s Sounds of Summer concert series and a borrowed Ford Galaxie. 

At the end of the video, the sheriff’s office challenged the Byram Township Police Department in New Jersey.

The lip-sync challenge has been circulating for several weeks on social media, with law enforcement departments across the country challenging each other to lip-sync to popular songs.

On July 9, the Norfolk Police Department’s lip-sync video to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk ”went viral — hitting more than 1.4 million reactions and more than 67 million views thus far. Since then, the Hampton Police Department has released its own video to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations.”

Other local police departments have also been challenged. The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office posted a lip-sync video and challenged their neighbor, James City County Police.

James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said the department is considering doing its own video.

Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley said the department has been challenged to participate but has not released a public response yet.

WYDaily archives were used in this story.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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