Dancing Cops From Skokie, Niles Achieve National TV Recognition With Lip-Syncing Video Competition

Steve Miller
September 06, 2019 - 3:18 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two Chicago area police departments are among 30 departments nationwide that are up for the best lip sync video — and the winner will be picked out of a lineup of finalists Monday night on the CBS TV show, "Lip Sync to the Rescue."

The Skokie Police Department has one of the top 30 videos, and so does the Niles department.

Niles Police Bureau Chief Robert Tornabene said they made the video a year ago and that the officers made the video outside of work on their own time.

"One of our detective sergeants is playing Pitbull," Tornabene said. "To me, he did a phenomenal job. He's walking up the steps. He's in his police uniform. I mean, he looks just like Pitbull.  He's bald and everything."

Tornabene said it's good for people to see police in this light and fun manner. 

"This kind of gives the public a view of the police department in a different light, where we're more approachable," he said.

He said about half the department is actually in the lip syncing video and that they all had a great time creating it. 

"To me, it was the most bonding experience I've had in a long time — with everybody from all aspects of our department that just jumped into this 100 percent."

CBS posted the 30 videos chosen for the competition online and people can vote until Monday for their favorite department.