The police lip sync challenge is making its way around the country and our very own Caldwell department has been ticking up on views - 209,060.

We've seen Caldwell, Garden City, Idaho State Police, Meridian all take the challenge with some pretty impressive video production. I can't say the dancing would qualify for dancing with the stars but they obviously deserve more than trophies for putting their lives on the line every day.

That said, you HAVE to give these departments credit for putting these videos together. There is no doubt that over the last few years there has been an emphasis on police brutality. I'm pretty sure we can all agree it's been going on for a long time. I've only witnessed it from the sidelines and it's easy to pass judgment from the limited access we get to.

We live in the Treasure Valley and I really only have these officers to reference my opinion. Take it for what it's worth but I've witnessed some pretty heroic officers, first responders and even beyond that into the offices. Everyone that wears a badge whether it's on duty or behind a desk will witness more than we'll ever imagine. I've worked with several officers from all counties of all racial backgrounds. They've shown up at my house in seconds due to a false alarm system not knowing what danger they approach.

I've had the pleasure of sharing some very emotional moments with officers helping me relay the message, "it shouldn't hurt to be a child" during our annual child abuse prevention campaign, Live for 175. 

Photo by: Kekeluv

There is no doubt that bad cops exist. Bad people walk among us and work next to us. We can't control that. We owe it to ourselves and our children to teach them that the greater good will always overcome the evil. It would be a shame for us to discount the good ones when they're the ones who REALLY care.

I love this lip sync challenge because it does humanize the police force. I completely agree with the fun objective but pay close attention to HOW they produce these videos. Yes, some are cheesy, funny, silly, AWESOME DANCING SKILLS, and some very creative.

I'd like to call attention to the most recent Ada County lip sync challenger. I love the community aspect but the ending is what most catches my attention as they change songs to My Town by Montgomery Gentry. I love these and it captures community and I think that's all we have in the end. You never know when you'll need your neighbor or these officers to save your life.

All these videos look small town and enjoy it because we're losing it. All of these communities are exploding in population and that's just a fact if you've noticed the massive growth across the Treasure Valley. It's coming FAST.

Big show out to the men and women who protect us but also the people you don't see. These departments wouldn't be effective without the people behind the scenes. I've listed all the department's videos and the latest comes from Ada County. Pay close attention to the very end as they pay tribute to deputy Ben Johnson.