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Police officer checks dashcam the professional way: dancing

Technically Incorrect: What's the best way to see if your dashcam is working? For one Missouri police officer, the answer is jazz hands. Or something.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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He's got rhythm. He's on the beat. KMBC-TV screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The long arm of the law can sometimes bend and even snap its fingers to a funky jazz beat.

I will prove it to you.

For my eyes have just seen a police officer bend his arms and snap his fingers to (what I imagine is) a funky jazz beat.

Yes, I've had a difficult day, but not too difficult to not appreciate a police officer testing technology like a human being.


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As KMBC-TV originally reported, this officer from the Smithville Police Department in Missouri needed to make sure that his car's dashcam was in perfect working order.

He needed to be clear that it would capture all the details, should he be forced to capture a criminal.

How, though, should one test a dashcam? Tap it? Check to see if the little light is aflame? Nothing so mundane for this Bob Fosse from the police posse.

He decided the best way was to move in and out of shot while dancing to his own tune.

It's hard to tell what he was humming. But he certainly has rhythm and he's certainly on the beat.

The police department was so pleased with his testing skills that it actually posted the video to its Facebook page. This stunning piece of community outreach gained Facebook favor.

"He should've called me. I would've came (sic) over and danced with him!" commented an entertained viewer named Joyce.

Well, now Joyce. If you'd driven over there and partaken of such wanton frivolity, the officer might have had to ask you if you'd been drinking. And then, having danced, you might have been marched off to the clink.