There's a police dance-off going on across the world thanks to the most unlikely online viral trend of the year


A new dance craze is sweeping the internet and chances are it will be coming to a police station near you.

Police across the world are getting involved in the "Running Man Challenge" after New Zealand Police posted a video online on Tuesday of officers performing the dance as part of a recruitment drive.

New Zealand Police #runningmanchallenge

The fleet-footed Kiwis have challenged police departments from around the world to follow suit in the post, which was viewed more than five millions time in its first 24 hours online.

Official police department pages in the United Kingdom, Australia and United States were tagged into the post, which read: "We catch people on the run every day, this was a new #runningmanchallenge for our team."

Already the offer is being taken up. Officially, we have a dance-off!

The New York Police Department responded with their own performance on a pier in front of the Brooklyn Bridge, alongside children from PS 23 in Brooklyn, as they looked to raise the stakes.

NYPD - Running Man Challenge | Facebook

The NYPD version ends with a 'mic drop', made famous more recently by Barack Obama and retiring basketball legend Kobe Bryant, and we suspect every police department is going to want to out-do each other now.

A LAPD version is apparently on the way...we're hoping for Hollywood help.

In Australia, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner posted on Twitter.

The Isles of Scilly Police, situated off the Cornwall coast, have also responded to the challenge although said the body-popping days of their "modest team of five and a cat" were over.

Dance Off I note that the gauntlet has... - Isles of Scilly Police | Facebook

The Running Man dance has taken off since it was first posted on Instgram by a couple of US students when they were bored in a finance class.

The dance is soundtracked by the 1996 song My Boo by the Ghost Town DJs, which has started to reappear in the charts again two decades later.