Olmsted County law enforcement agency posts lip sync video

July 24, 2018

Kevin Torgerson’s day off looked like a lot of Ferris Bueller-inspired fun.

The Olmsted County Sheriff, along with many deputies and a host of dancing, marching and “singing” extras from the cities of Dover and Eyota took part in the law enforcement Lip-Sync Challenge.

According to ABC News, the social media trend started in mid-June when the Bexar County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office posted a video of Deputy Alexander Mena lip syncing to “Fuiste Mala” by the Kumbia Kings on June 19. The video was designed to improve relations between officers and the community.

Torgerson’s video features the sheriff chatting with a deputy while fishing, then leads into parade scene where he “sings” the Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” before — following almost shot-for-shot along with the scene from the 1986 John Hughes movie — ending with a deputy taking a ride in a transport van to the sounds of “Oh, Yeah” by Yello and being offered a warm Gummi bear.

The video was shot by Media Development Specialist Kyle Bradt, who, when he’s not re-creating ’80s teen movies, is producing media items like the sheriff’s office’s Warrant Wednesdays or traffic safety videos, Torgerson said.

The law enforcement office had spent a few weeks brainstorming ideas for a lip sync video, but as law enforcement agencies across the country kept making new videos, the best ideas from the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office seemed to be taken.

Finally, Togerson said, executive assistant Laura Collins floated the idea of paying homage to the parade scene from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” one of the most iconic lip-syncing scenes in movie history. So, without actually taking a day off, Torgerson, his staff and deputies set about shooting the video.

Posted Sunday night on the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Facebook page, as of 9 a.m. today the video has been viewed more than 57,000 times, shared more than 1,700 times and received more than 1,200 reactions.

On his Twitter feed, Torgerson thanks the Dover-Eyota High School Band, Eyota Fire Department and a cast of many from the communities of Dover and Eyota.

While the video might seem like fun, Torgerson said it serves a real purpose: Breaking down the barriers that exist between the sheriff’s office and the community it serves.

“It’s a thing we constantly work on with our office,” he said. “In law enforcement we do some difficult things. But we’re real people and we can have fun, and this is a way to show that.”

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