It’s a thing. It’s been going around for months now. And today it hit Evanston. It’s the police department lip sync challenge.

Watch it right here:

So Skokie got challenged by somebody. And Skokie challenged Lincolnwood. And Lincolnwood challenged Evanston. And now Evanston has challenged Oak Park. Will it ever end? Who knows.

If you’re keeping score at home, here are the productions from Lincolnwood …

and Skokie …

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Given all of the budget talk

    Given all of the budget talk going on I have to ask…What was the cost of making this video? Was PD staff off the clock while filming? Also interested in learning the cost for filming this. Was an Evanston resource on the clock who was responsible for filming and editing? Any royalty fees paid for use of the songs?

    1. You must be a lot of fun at parties

      Given all the budget talks…. for that very reason I think this video was a great distraction. Just because people are sick, should they also stop having fun? Because people don’t have money should they not enjoy life anymore. Who cares whether they were on city time or not. Community policing is the only way to be affective in the community. The city spent more money on “art” and other non essential “crap”. The couple hundred dollars (if that) it spent on this is a drop in the bucket. Grand scheme of things, this came at a time when most people needed a reason to smile when they think about Evanston. 

    2. Lip sync costs

      Hi ErikDuh,

      I asked Cmdr. Ryan Glew at the police department about the costs for the lip sync video.

      He says that there were no-out-of-pocket costs to the city for the production — that videographer Steve Jordan, who’s a member of the Evanston Police & Fire Foundation board, and other people on the production crew volunteered their services.

      Police officers who appeared in the video did so on their own off-duty time as did local residents who appeared.

      No royalty fees were paid for use of the songs.

      He does note that Chief Eddington was on duty when he was filmed, and that Glew himself was on duty when he promoted the video to the press and on social media.

      He says the video was watched 6,600 times during the first 24 hours it was available and that it appears to be an effective way to enhance the department’s relationship with the community.

      — Bill

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