CBS Lip Sync Challenge appearance just the latest nod to Middletown’s offbeat social media efforts

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 6:00 AM

Middletown’s video attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police (courtesy of the department and Average Joe Films).

The Middletown police department’s selection as one of 30 national finalists for a CBS special on Lip Sync Challenge videos is just the latest ]incident for a department that has a strong comedic history on social media.

On Sunday night, for example, the department posted: “Just a friendly reminder that crimes shall not be committed from 9-10pm until the new season’s first episode of Game of Thrones is finished. This is our special time and we are entitled to enjoy it. Don’t be a Lannister, be kind tonight.”

In honor of National Public Safety Telelcommunications Week, the department posted a picture of several dispatchers sitting around what appears to be a Thanksgiving meal.

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The post read: “Do you love our dispatchers as much as we do? National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is in 9 days. Please help our dispatchers win a free meal from APCO (The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials) by following this link. At the end of this article click “like.” The communications center with the most likes by April 22nd wins a free meal!! Help our girls and guy win a free meal for national dispatcher week :)”

The department posted a video of some of its favorite community events that are scheduled this summer.

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In honor of April Fools Day, the department put out a press release regarding the officers’ new summer uniforms and how Chief Rodney Muterspaw is allowing them to be worn early.

“FINALLY! We’ve hounded the Chief long enough and he finally gave in and is letting us wear our Summer uniforms early,” the post read. “We are super excited as it only means that Summer is just around the corner. For those of you that aren’t aware, our new summer uniforms consist of a short/shirt one piece. Very flexible material, non restricting and much more lighter than our old summer uniforms. The ability for our officers to be able to move quickly and swiftly is of utmost importance. You should start seeing them this week with warmer weather approaching.”

If the accompanying photos aren’t a big enough clue, this first day of April should be.

The department posted a picture of Detective Brandon Highley: “When you are assigned to detectives but your boss needs you go on patrol and work with the best officers in the State of Ohio. The uniform still fits!”