Officer caught on dashcam jammin’ to popular song

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By Emanuella Grinberg

CNN

(CNN) — We’re used to seeing police dashboard video of speeders, car accidents or worse.

But the Dover Police Department in Delaware is turning the camera on its force to show that police are human, too — and sometimes they just want to shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.

A dashcam video of Dover Police Master Cpl. Jeff Davis cruising in his police vehicle and grooving to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” was an instant hit on Friday. The video was shared nearly 2,000 times in less than 24 hours from the department’s Facebook page and drew positive feedback from around the world.

The goal of the video is to show a different side of police to counter negative perceptions of law enforcement, Dover Police Cpl.. Mark Hoffman said.

“We’re trying to humanize police officers. People tend to look at us as robots with uniforms and gun belts so we wanted to a show a lighter side of our force,” he said.

“I think it’s important for people to see police in that light.”

The video was shot as part of the Dover Police Department’s social media community outreach. To celebrate reaching 10,000 Facebook followers, the department launched a series called “Dash Cam Confessionals,” debuting with Davis’s rendition of “Shake It Off.”

Hoffman suggested “Shake It Off” and Davis was more than happy to oblige. He already knew the words, thanks to his 10-year-old daughter, a Taylor Swift fan.

“When you drive around in a car all the time listening to Taylor Swift you get to know all the words and like her songs,” the 19-year veteran of the force told CNN.

In the video, Davis appears to pause periodically for passing vehicles. In reality, the video was shot in a secluded parking lot in Dover.

“It was fun thing, a nice thing to do with everything that’s going on with police. With all the negative publicity it’s nice to show a positive side of police,” he said.

Judging by the response so far, he thinks it’s working.

“I think people are liking the fact of seeing police in a different view.”

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14 comments

  • Trace

    Hope the Police aren’t encouraging driving with your hands OFF THE STEERING WHEEL. Almost as CARELESS as the Officer that shot his finger off after chambering a round. ALWAYS ASSUME A WEAPON IS LOADED.

  • big D

    I like too see cops on a situation like i could be in however as i see this video he is not keeping his eye in the road. He also took many turns and i never saw him use his blinkers. I know i have been pulled over for that. As i am currently teaching my son to drive i see many things i would not want him to be doing as he gets behind the wheel.

    • Trace

      Just remember that the LAW only applied to Commoners, not those who enforce or make these laws. How dare we question those who enforce the laws and the laws we are forced to obey! Tyrannical maybe?

      • Ram Rod 58

        So it’s against the law to jam to the music on your stereo in your car.they grew up in the happy days Draging Main Street and rocking out black sabbath AC/DC.

      • Trace

        It is against the law to drive without your hands on the wheel, and to not properly use your directional indicators(signals for less apt like you)

  • The Ion

    To HUMANIZE police.
    Be human when responding to situations, specially when minorities are involved, oops, “Human minorities”. Yknow those kinda look like you with eyes, ears, nose and body but different ski color.

  • Whit

    So many complainers. I thought it was pretty funny to see a dude dancing and singing to a chick song. Who knows, maybe this guy gives the rest of us humans some slack for you know… being human? He is human to. Yes, it is against the law, but have some humor.

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