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Taneytown police get 'NSYNC' for viral video challenge

The people had spoken — then it was time for the police to sing. Or at least dance.

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the Taneytown Police Department released their entry into the viral police lip sync video challenge that has public safety personnel across the United States showing off their moves.

The department promised to complete the video after getting a certain number of likes on their Facebook page. With that accomplished, they then went to their online fans with a poll: Backstreet Boys or NSYNC?

NSYNC came out the winner and officers started brushing up on the lyrics to “Bye Bye Bye.”

“I really hope that the community can see that police officers are human too and we love to have fun,” participant Pfc. Jered Marshall said “Hopefully the community can see that there is more to our department than just enforcing the law and that there is a person behind the badge not just a police officer.”

They also enlisted the help of Taneytown Dance Center LLC, which is entering its 15th year in the community, to choreograph the moves for the video.

Kimberly A. McCord-Golliday, the owner and artistic director of the center was glad to get on board through a referral from dance parent and Citizen Volunteer Coordinator Tarah Myers.

“I have been looking for a way to get my studio dancers involved with something with the police officers to collaborate for some time now,” she said.

McCord-Golliday, Danielle Miller and Cara Hunter mixed the music, choreographed the song and taught the officers the moves. The collaboration led to the police picking up some dance jargon and the dancers picking up some police terminology.

“I can honestly say that it was one of the best experiences of my 30-plus years teaching dance. They were so willing to learn and had so much fun doing it,” McCord-Golliday said.

Marshall said it was his first time being taught how to dance.

“If only I had these kind of dance moves at my wedding," he said.

After being in the public eye as an officer and performing in a church play or two growing up, he said he had no problem being asked to be on camera.

Filming took place Aug. 8 before the video was edited and finalized.

“I love seeing these guys go a little bit out of their comfort zone and learn something new,” said Myers. “They work so very hard to keep our community safe, and with difficult times in the law enforcement community, it’s wonderful to see them having fun.”

“For me, I really want the community to see that these officers are humans and that they are out there risking their lives for us everyday,” McCord-Golliday said, noting that the officers talked about their families while working on the project. “I hope it will help people connect just a little bit more to them.”

The video is available to view at


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