This summer, police departments from all around the country posted lip sync videos on social media and challenged other departments. The Canton Police Department decided to participate after being asked by several staff members, numerous members of the community and challenges by other law enforcement organizations in the state.
Once the decision was made to put a video together, the department knew it wanted to do more than have officers lip sync to a song. Because of Canton Police Department’s philosophy and culture to build trust, relationships and strong partnerships with the residents it serves, a community lip sync concert was organized. Through a short teaser video posted on Facebook, residents were encouraged to attend the July 26 event at Etowah Park.
Several local gymnastic centers, a dance studio, the YMCA, local music equipment owners and music studios contacted the Police Department to express their desire to be involved in the initiative. On the day of the event, approximately 500 people showed up full of energy and with homemade signs to join the officers in a four-song medley that included: “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” from the movie “Toy Story” and the “Cupid Shuffle.”
“All of our agency members were simply stunned and wowed at the amount of citizens who came to support their police department at the Etowah River Park Amphitheater,” Chief Mark J. Mitchell said. “From all of us at the Canton Police Department, we would like to thank everyone in our community who attended the concert and for their amazing dedication to this project. Support and engagement like this is why our hard working men and women have a true mindset of community, attitude of service and a heart of protection for our great citizens of Canton.”
The video is available on the Canton Police Department’s Facebook page: @CantonGeorgiaPD. #LipSyncChallenge