The three-minute video is among many law enforcement “lip sync challenge” videos being released by police agencies across the country as part of a popular social media campaign that began early this summer.
Included in the video are police officers, Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea and Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana, firefighters and area children, as aerial shots of Rockford scroll across the screen along with other well-known images from the Rockford area.
The video begins inside a police station, where an officer walks back to collect a perp — only to find he’s missing. Fearing the worst, the officer runs outside to the parking lot to find his squad car has been swiped.
The scene cuts to the squad car, where the thief, portrayed by Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, dressed all in black, laughs.
“I haven’t stolen one of these in a long time,” Nielsen says as he drives from the police station.
That’s when the opening bars to “Dream Police” by Cheap Trick begins to play.
“Yeah, we’re not the dream police,” O’Shea says, turning to face the camera while he and Sheriff Gary Caruana take Nielsen’s character into custody.
“Yeah, no (expletive),” the car thief responds.
With “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC playing, O’Shea and Caruana play air guitar. Children dance across the grass playing guitars, as well. Officers dance near the Symbol along the Rock River and in front of Rockford’s District 3 police station.
Another great example of how our Public Service officials are connecting with pop culture, current events, and Rockford’s youth! Awesome job RPD and RFD!