Stepping into the lip-sync battles going viral across the country, the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office has posted a video of deputies and staff doing Cyndi Lauper’s “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough.”
Sheriff Tom Bergin said his staff — challenged by the St. Helens Police Department — volunteered to make the video while off duty or during their lunch hours. Justin Grafton, a local videographer, shot the footage for free.
By Thursday afternoon, the video had racked up more than 89,000 views on Facebook.
Bergin said he was impressed by the public’s support and the many positive reactions. “Best one I’ve seen so far!” one viewer posted. “Thanks for the entertainment,” another said.
“To have so many positive comments about an office where we already get so many good compliments on the deputies just goes to show you we’re part of the community. We live here. We’re just trying to keep this place safe,” Bergin said. “If we can thread a little humor throughout the days and months and years, so be it. Life’s tough enough as it is. Why not put a smile on people’s faces?”
Like with any performance — Goonies-themed or not — there are critics. A few people complained that it was a waste of time and not very well-executed.
In a response on Facebook, Bergin, who appears in the video, wrote that it shows that “we, as law enforcement, are people too. It also shows a kinder side, especially to kids, the news often fails to show.
“We do a job most folks would never consider, such as dealing with death, suicide, drugs, burglaries, child molestation, rape, abuse and the list goes on and on. So if our brave men and women want to put their hair down and show the public we are human too, then I have no issues with it.”
Over the summer, inspired by a lip-sync challenge among police in Texas, police officers and sheriff’s deputies nationwide have made videos and shared them on social media, part of a lighthearted way to improve public relations. Some have embraced hometown artists or themes. Seattle police, for example, tapped Macklemore’s “Downtown.”
At the end of the Clatsop County video, Bergin challenged Hood River County Sheriff Matt English, the Astoria Police Department, the Seaside Police Department and the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office to create their own lip-sync videos.
• Watch the video: bit.ly/sherifflipsyncbattle