It seems there are several ways to know when an online fad is completely over and one of those is surely her Majesty’s Constabulary attempting to join in on the craze. Well if that’s the case then ring the death knell for the Harlem Shake as several police community support officers have founds themselves disciplined by Scotland Yard bosses for joining in the viral dance phenomenon that accompanied Bauuer’s huge hit ‘The Harlem Shake’ for Diplo’s Mad Decent.
The transport PCSO’s found themselves in trouble after publishing a clip of themselves performing the ‘Harlem Shake’ online whilst in full uniform last February. The video shows an officer in a helmet dancing alone, before his colleagues join in with blue lights flashing in the background before another officer is seen with a traffic cone on his head gyrating next to a police van.
Despite the fact most people would agree it shows a more human element to the police force and could easily be dismissed as a bit of fun a metropolitan police spokesman said that “unprofessionalism in the workplace” was not tolerated before adding “We expect high standards from all our staff. Appropriate misconduct procedures have been taken regarding those involved and the matter is now closed.” With 6 of the officers receiving written warnings and one resigning it seems the met have also decided to become the fun police although we’d be the first to admit that the videos of the dance were wearing thin even in February…
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months you can check out the original audio to Baauer’s viral monster below.