After a few weeks of dark news in the Treasure Valley, the Meridian Police Department needed a pick-me-up.
They found it in the form of Dierks Bentley.
The Lip Sync Challenge began earlier this week and has gone viral at police stations across the country. It initially took off when the Corinth Police Department (Texas) lip synced Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” and challenged three police departments to the battle, one of them being Norfolk, Virginia. The Norfolk police lip synced “Uptown Funk”; the video has received a whopping 46 million views on Facebook so far.
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The Meridian police’s morale had been down in recent weeks due to recent events in the area, including the mass stabbing at the Wylie Street Station Apartment Complex two weeks ago and the officer-involved shooting that followed the next afternoon, according to Deputy Chief of Police Tracy Basterrechea.
Meridian wasn’t challenged by any police department to the challenge, Basterrechea said. But when they heard about it, officers jumped at the chance to partake. The video has 95,000 views since it was published on their Facebook page Friday morning.
“After we did it, the mood was light and so happy,” he said.
The song, “5-1-5-0” was a perfect fit; a “5-1-5-0” call is police code for someone who is mentally ill; the song’s chorus is, “5-1-5-0, somebody call the po-po, I’m going crazy, thinking ‘bout you baby.”
The Meridian Police Department has since challenged the Boise Police Department, the Nampa Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff’s Department.
“They won’t do as good of a job as we did, but we’ll see if they’re up to the task,” Basterrechea said.