Bellevue police dance

Bellevue on Monday night posted a video showing a group of officers breaking it down in front of police headquarters. Bellevue Officer Jason Melrose, center, pulls off some moves that he’s the first to say kind of look like chicken trying to fly.

More videos of dancing cops might be popping up on social media.

Officers with three Nebraska police departments busted a move in videos recently posted to their social media pages. They have challenged other agencies to join the cop dance-off.

“Its on our radar,” said Sgt. Brian Hessler of the Hastings Police Department.

The Papillion Police Department is also considering breaking out some moves.

The Grand Island Police Department was the latest to accept the challenge, posting a video Wednesday of officers showing off some moves.

It started last week when the Lincoln department tweeted the Bellevue department and issued a dance-off throw down.

A video that Lincoln posted to Twitter shows Officer Courtney Leaver in sunglasses delivering some great moves as her long pony tail bounces.

The video ends with words on the screen: Bring it Bellevue PD!

Bellevue flipped on its sirens and responded to the call Monday night, posting a video showing a group of officers breaking it down in front of police headquarters. The department’s community relations coordinator and the daughter of an officer are also featured in the 35-second clip.

Both the Bellevue and Lincoln departments say the goal of the videos is to show the public that police officers are just regular people. The public can be wary of officers, so if the videos make them seem more approachable that’s a good thing.

"We want people to see us as humans, too," said Roger Cox, community relations and crime prevention coordinator for the Bellevue department. "(We’re) not afraid to go out and embarrass ourselves for the viewing pleasure of the public."

Officer Angela Sands, spokeswoman for the Lincoln department, said Bellevue nailed it.

I loved it,’’ she said. "I personally know first-hand it’s hard to get police officers to dance on video."

She said a highlight is Bellevue Officer Jason Melrose. He’s 6 feet 4 inches tall and 285 pounds and pulls off some moves that he’s the first to say kind of look like chicken trying to fly.

"I’m just a big goofy guy with no dance moves,’’ he said. "But I’ll get into it as much as I can."

Bellevue has delivered a dance challenge to the Papillion Police Department and one in Illinois, but so far no response.

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