Especially in today’s society, cops get a bad rap. Unfortunately, some people see them as the enemy as opposed to individuals who unselfishly work long hours to keep communities safe. It’s important to remember that the men and women in law enforcement are no different than you and me.
Most of them have families, they love animals, they play sports, and some are involved with music in one way or another. Just because they’re in a uniform doesn’t mean they’re not human. Thanks to things like the Git Up Challenge and lip-syncing events, the public is getting the chance to see for themselves just how down to earth cops really are.
CHP – San Diego
We’re not sure if everyone’s old enough to remember the television show called “ChiPs. It originally debuted in 1977 and continued airing through the early part of 1983. The name comes from the acronym, CHP, which stands for California Highway Patrol. Starring Larry Wilcox and Erika Estrada, it had quite the following.
Showing a different side
Cops from the San Diego CHP wanted to show people a different side of them. So, they got involved with lip-syncing. In a video that’s now racked up more than 600,000 views, they obviously succeeded. What makes this video even better is their song choice — “Highway to the Danger Zone.”
They didn’t plan to get involved
Every year, the California Highway Patrol organizes the Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge. But the San Diego CHP maintains its headquarters in Sacramento, which had already represented the CHP with a different lip-syncing video. For that reason, they didn’t plan to get involved with this particular challenge.
Then something happened. CHP San Diego learned the CHP office in Oceanside would compete. Well, that did it. There was no way they were going to allow their neighboring office to outshine them. So, they signed up for the Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge. I think it’s similar to sibling rivalry.
Why the Top Gun theme?
They chose the theme song from Top Gun for a reason. Remember, San Diego is a military town. As part of the video, CHP San Diego included backdrops specific to this area of California.
They used images and videography from the USS Midway Museum, The US Navy Blue Angels, and several local sites like the Hotel Del Coronado, the downtown skyline, local beaches, and the Coronado Bay Bridge.
They took it very seriously…well, sort of
As you watch the video, you can’t help but bust out laughing. For almost 10 minutes, they provide pure entertainment. They even had one cop who looked very much like the leading star in Top Gun. One poster commented, “Tom Cruise lookalike was funny. That laugh was perfect.”
These men and women did a fantastic job
From many of the comments, it sounds like Oceanside couldn’t keep pace. One person had this to say, BLUE ANGELES…USS MIDWAY…this was totally unfair. RIP OCEANSIDE.” Overall, everyone loved it. Another person wrote, “Y’all folks at California Highway Patrol are awesome. This video just made my day. Smiling all the way into the dangerzone.” [sic]
If you’re in the mood for a good laugh and want to see some real-life CHP in the act of lip-syncing, check out the video below.
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