New Zealand police issues 'running man' dance challenge, NYPD responds

The New Zealand police officers showcased their moves to the tune of Ghost Town DJ's 1995 hit My Boo, complete with flashing lights on their patrol car.
The New Zealand police officers showcased their moves to the tune of Ghost Town DJ's 1995 hit My Boo, complete with flashing lights on their patrol car.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/NEW ZEALAND POLICE

The New Zealand police has issued a "running man" dance challenge to other forces around the world, led by its own dancing officers in an unorthodox recruitment drive.

On Tuesday (May 3), the Kiwi cops posted a 30-second clip on their Facebook page, showing eight officers in uniform doing the dance in a basement car park.

The video, which has notched over five million views, includes a challenge to police forces in each Australian state, the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Los Angeles Police Department and the Isles of Scilly Police.

The New Zealand police officers showcased their moves to the tune of Ghost Town DJ's 1995 hit My Boo, complete with flashing lights on their patrol car.

The clip is reportedly part of a year-long campaign by the force, which aims to recruit 400 new officers by the end of 2016.

On Wednesday, NYPD hit back with their own performance on a wet pier in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.

According to Mashable, the so-called running man challenge began in April, when University of Maryland basketball players Jaylen Brantley and Jared Nickens started posting videos of themselves doing variations of the dance.

The craze has since swept through college and professional sports teams, and is now poised to follow the Harlem Shake as the next social media dance phenomenon.