CCSO's Safety Style
Holiday video spoofs "Gangham Style".
COLLIER COUNTY — Just when you thought the next video might crack this dead horse like a piñata, the Collier County Sheriff's Office released its own version of Internet sensation "Gangnam Style," on Monday, proving you totally and completely wrong.
Hush the unbeliever who said he would never see Sheriff Kevin Rambosk lassoing to the beat of Korean pop star Psy's magnum opus.
Mull the fact that — having both done the horsey dance — our county's top cop now has something in common with Britney Spears, other than their mutual disdain for singing in music videos.
Appreciate that the sheriff — according to a spokeswoman — "was already familiar with the song."
The Sheriff's Office's two-and-a-half minute parody was part of its annual holiday safety video meant to share tips like "Always lock your vehicle" and "Teach children how to dial 911." The question wasn't "Why Psy?" so much as "Why not?"
"That's the most parodied and current video out there," agency spokeswoman Karie Partington said. "We're using it in a creative way to attract a large audience."
For those who missed it, "Gangnam Style" is a nutty, nonsensical ditty that hit YouTube in July, only to become the site's most watched video ever. Although a mere fraction of the lyrics are in English, the song hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts in October.
It's been remade by everyone from the cast of "Glee" to inmates in a prison in the Philippines.
Efrain Hernandez, a corporal in crime prevention who filmed and produced the newest parody, said the Sheriff's Office has made other safety videos but wanted to do one with a bit of a smirk — hence the shuffling patrol deputy and galloping bailiff.
"We've done that before in a professional way, but a lot of times people want it in a funny way," he said. "It's not so direct in your face."
Hernandez said many scenes in the video — including the parts in the Naples Jail Center — were filmed after the deputies went off duty. He spent about a week, on and off, editing the clips and setting it to music.
For the record, the Sheriff's Office recommends investing in an alarm, removing valuables from vehicles, walking in well-lit areas, avoiding drunken driving, getting a home security survey, protecting your identity, staying alert, reporting suspicious activity and waiting to send texts until you're done driving.
But Partington knows there are people who are wont to skip over such paragraphs.
"You've got to try to find new creative ways to reach people who don't have time to read," she said.