Orem police defend video showing officer dancing next to moving car

The attempt to have some fun has the Orem Police Department answering some tricky questions. Their video shows something "staged or not" that other agencies are telling people not to do. (Photo: Orem Police Department)

(KUTV) -- It's the video that agencies across the country and here in Utah are doing - it’s called the lip sync battle.

The attempt to have some fun has the Orem Police Department answering some tricky questions. Their video shows something "staged or not" that other agencies are telling people not to do.

The clip in question is about 8 seconds long at the end of a three and a half minute video. It shows an Orem officer dancing beside a moving car is part of a nationwide trend called the "'In My Feelings' Challenge."

Earlier this week the Provo Police Department put a warning out about it. We asked if they're seeing it happen?

“I think it is that we may see here shortly," said Detective Nick Dupaix.

On Thursday, Orem Police Lieutenant Craig Martinez said “there are some safety concerns there and we wanted to do it in the safe this manner possible in a more controlled environment.”

Martinez said the car was rolling in neutral and two other people were inside at the time, adding “we joke and we do try to keep it lighthearted. We tried to keep it safe.”

The police department defended the video as one of many lighthearted messages the department shares.

“I get that other police departments are saying don’t step out of a moving vehicle," Martinez said. "But, if I saw somebody trying to do it driving down State Street or on one of these residential roads at 10-15 miles an hour, of course it’s a different scenario.”

The video has been viewed nearly 15,000 times. Martinez says the video will stay online un-altered. He reminds people to use common sense.

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