'Running Man' craze spreads to police forces around the world video

Police forces in New York and Scotland have taken up the NZ Police's challenge to do the 'running man', as well as the New Zealand fire service.

The star sergeant of NZ Police's "Running Man" dance video is ecstatic as the NYPD and Scottish police rise to the challenge.

"Mate, I am just over the moon," said Sergeant Sonny Iosefo​ of the video that has now been viewed 6.9 million times.

Calling upon law enforcement from around the world to take on the Running Man challenge – the first video response was received from the NYPD.

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Scotland's Police are the latest to take up NZ Police's #runningmanchallenge.

"I take my hat off to them," said Iosefo​, "they got the community involved."

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The NYPD video incorporated local school children and passed the challenge onto Police Scotland, who responded this afternoon.

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New York police officers respond to the New Zealand #‎runningmanchallenge.

"They did well too, they got their own flavour to it which I thought was fantastic," Iosefo said.

Shot in front of the Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish "running man" video features the most Scottish of things, the bagpipe.

Missed from the challenge invite was the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services in Australia. Clearly disappointed, they have posted a video of their officers wiping away tears to the song What About Me.

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Kiwi police officers throw down the gauntlet in a #runningmanchallenge.

"It's almost like bringing the whole world together, eh," said Iosefo​, who was looking forward at the responses yet to come.

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Iosefo​, who plays the lead role in the NZ Police video, is humble about his new celebrity status.

"I'm just one of the team ... I'm referred to as the old guy, have you seen the comments?"

Police in Scotland giving a Scottish twist to the Running Man challenge.
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Police in Scotland giving a Scottish twist to the Running Man challenge.

But "the old guy"​ knew the old-school Running Man dance move before it went viral.

Seeing the challenge videos coming out of the United States, he found himself annoyed.

"This ain't the Running Man as I remember it to be," he said, "someone's got to show these guys."

Since childhood, Iosefo​ has loved to dance and still dances at every community event with a stage.

Police staff were organising their own Running Man video to promote a recruitment drive, and a colleague forwarded Iosefo​ an email invite on the day of filming.

Opportunity had come knocking for the dancing sergeant. "That's your signature move," the email said.

As the video's centre piece, Iosefo​ had the chance to show them how it's done.

"I said no, there's got to be a point of difference here, you know, let's bring the old school out and let's show these young guns how to do it properly."

He's glad it's been so popular.

"We just wanted to connect with Kiwis and show them that we are just as human as everybody else.

"Kiwi cops, you know, they love to dance ... and have fun."

After a hectic few days of TV appearances and interviews Iosefo​ is hoping he can get back to work.

"It's just been crazy, crazy, crazy."

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