Met officers branded a ‘total disgrace’ for performing a dance routine in Edmonton

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Met officers are branded a ‘total disgrace’ for performing a dance routine as part of a ‘youth engagement’ event in a crime-ridden London suburb

  • Five officers did a TikTok-style dance in Edmonton, north London, on Saturday
  • They performed on stage to the 1983 hip hop song It’s Like That by Run-DMC
  • A retired senior Scotland Yard officer said: ‘It’s a total disgrace. These officers should be on patrol, not dad dancing’
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Five police officers have been branded a ‘disgrace’ for performing a TikTok-style dance in a north London suburb with a high crime rate.

Footage from a ‘youth engagement’ community event in Edmonton last Saturday shows the four PCs and a sergeant busting moves to Run-DMC’s 1983 hip hop song It’s Like That.

Their routine, which lasted about a minute on stage and included synchronised moves, was met with some applause – but not all were impressed.

Mick Neville, a retired senior Scotland Yard detective, told The Sun: ‘It’s a total disgrace. People don’t want to see police dancing in the street. Edmonton is a high crime area. These officers should be on patrol, not dad dancing.’

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These five police officers have been branded a 'disgrace' for performing a TikTok-style dance in a north London suburb with a high crime rate

These five police officers have been branded a ‘disgrace’ for performing a TikTok-style dance in a north London suburb with a high crime rate

Footage from a 'youth engagement' community event in Edmonton last Saturday shows the four PCs and a sergeant busting moves to Run-DMC's 1983 hip hop song It's Like That

Footage from a ‘youth engagement’ community event in Edmonton last Saturday shows the four PCs and a sergeant busting moves to Run-DMC’s 1983 hip hop song It’s Like That

The officers’ attempt at engaging effectively with locals also led to a backlash on social media.

One Twitter user said: ‘That’s why they didn’t have enough time to properly investigate when my van got broken into and I lost all my tools.’

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Another said: ‘And with them dance moves, there was never any more stabbings in London.’

The police team tweeted positive vibes. However, their routine did lead to a backlash on social media. In March this year, 387 crimes were reported in Edmonton

The police team tweeted positive vibes. However, their routine did lead to a backlash on social media. In March this year, 387 crimes were reported in Edmonton

Meanwhile, actor/activist Laurence Fox posted: ‘The @metpoliceuk gather to celebrate the eradication of all crime in London. Well done chaps and chapesses.’

Some, however, did show appreciation, with one tweet reading: ‘What is wrong with the police participating in a pre-arranged event designed to engage with young people in a deprived area of London?’

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Following the event, the Edmonton Green police team tweeted: ‘Thank you for your support. The idea behind the event was a rap battle, dance off, sing off involving the community. 

‘As part of that we were asked [to] do a dance (and sing)… so as a neighbourhood team, we did… to be part of the community.’

In March this year, 387 crimes were reported in Edmonton, according to www.police.uk.

These included 142 reports of anti-social behaviour; 63 violence and sexual offences; 35 drug-related crimes; and 147 classed as ‘other’.

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