A social experiment: law enforcement dance, sing online
BATON ROUGE - Your next encounter with a sheriff's deputy could have you face-to-face with a viral video star.
For more than a month, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office has been uploading tongue-and-cheek posts in an effort to grow its presence online and help show the departments more personal side. It's paying off, deputies have been able to clear some cases by interacting with people on the department's Facebook page.
But Monday, the department took a new angle: singing cops. The patrolman rap as they show Facebook fans how to use the department's social media platform. Part of the video encourages people to "like" the page to be entered to win prizes.
The latest video comes a week after the same officers were recorded dancing at an event. Their antics were posted online where they were dubbed the "Tootsee Roll Trio."
"It's a great way to get information out, it's a great way to just do community outreach," department spokesperson Casey Hicks said in a previous interview on WBRZ.
Police with a social presence is a growing trend, both Baton Rouge Police and the Walker Police departments have active accounts, too.
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