While officials have treated public health recommendations with the utmost seriousness, they've also found creative ways to keep the public entertained. These moments of levity break up the dreary daily torrent of bad news and often attract thousands of views, comments, and shares on social media. This is exactly what Gatineau police (SPVG) achieved in a now-viral dance video.
In the clip posted to Facebook on April 29, four local officers break out in dance in front of their vehicle to the tune of the 80's cult song, "Bad Boys."
You can't help but smile when you see the serious-looking uniformed officers follow choreography inspired by the best hip-hop music videos.
The video was a response to a challenge from Special Olympics Canada.
Each year, on International Dance Day, the committee organizes events to encourage the inclusion of people living with mental disabilities.
Though these activities were cancelled this year, the Gatineau police still wanted to support the cause.
"We are proud to support the 49,600 athletes and 22,000 volunteers of Special Olympics #Canada by accepting their invitation to encourage the social inclusion of people of all abilities as part of International Dance Day," the SPVG explains in the video post.
The police service also thanked Gatineau dance studio Mylène Voyer for teaching the choreography to its officers.
On Facebook, the video has quickly gone viral, earning over 3,000 reactions, 2,000 shares, and 1,000 comments at the time of writing.
Below the video, commenters have praised the initiative and the willingness of the Gatineau officers to have some fun and spread joy.
"You're not afraid of ridicule!" one individual exclaimed.
"We are ready to do anything (or almost anything) for a good cause and to make you smile!" the SPVG responded.
Stay tuned for more news.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.