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The challenge comes home

I have enjoyed watching some of the different lip-sync challenge music videos produced by local law enforcement agencies around the country. It is one of those special, organic things that started small, went viral and became a national phenomenon.

It also has a great purpose built into it of helping to show members of law enforcement in a different light, strengthening the relationship between communities and these agencies.

Some videos simply feature an officer sitting in his or her squad car lip-syncing to their chosen song. One particularly memorable video featured a canine, and the dog was in the car just over the officer’s shoulder. The song playing was “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men, and the dog actually knew to bark at the appropriate moments on the chorus!

I’m quite proud of Virginia’s representation. My favorite overall video that I’ve seen yet is the one by the Norfolk Police Department, right in Hampton Roads where I’m from.

It was a special experience, however, to actually see one of these videos come together in person this past weekend as Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office accepted the challenge. I want to give a salute to Sheriff Wesley W. Reed for agreeing to it. The dance and lip-sync leads from his office did a great job — Lt. Sonya Walker, Deputy Calvin Walker, Deputy Mike Fowlkes II and Sgt. Kevin Randolph.

Titus Mohler is the sports editor for The Farmville Herald and Farmville Newsmedia, LLC. His email address is Titus.Mohler@FarmvilleHerald.com.