Police in Delaware are slowly becoming masters of social media. A few months after a Dover Police officer’s videotaped lip-sync of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” took YouTube by storm, two Newark officers scored a viral hit of their own with a clip of them giving out free hugs.
In the two and a half-minute video, Corporal James Spadola and Officer Aaron Olicker walk along Main Street in Newark, Delaware while holding signs offering free hugs and embracing strangers on the street.
Corporal Spadola told Delaware Online he came up with the idea for the video a few months ago in the midst of negative news surrounding police.
“I just wanted to come up with a positive time between the police and the citizens,” he said.
University of Delaware student Tia Hill filmed the officers and edited the video.
Take a look at the clip and the video embedded above.