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'Dad dancing' officer praised after video goes viral

Special takes community engagement to a whole new level with impromptu dance off.

Special Constable Jason Cox throwing some shapes

Special Constable Jason Cox throwing some shapes

Date - 1st August 2017
By - Press Association
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A special constable who was filmed "dad dancing" at a music festival has become an internet hit.

Special Constable Jason Cox, 41, took part in a dance-off with a festival-goer at Camp Bestival in Lulworth Castle, Dorset, at the weekend.

The 28-second clip, uploaded to social media by Dorset Police, has been viewed tens of thousands of times.

It was captioned: "We hope you love 'dad dancing' Special Constable Cox as much as we do!

"When he was challenged to a dance off at Camp Bestival he couldn't resist strutting his stuff before being inundated with selfie requests."

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Cooper praised SC Cox and other colleagues at the family festival, which was headlined by Mark Ronson, Madness and Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds.

"We're really proud of the work of our officers who were supporting the onsite security at Camp Bestival," he said.

"Whilst being vigilant in protecting the public, as a safe family event, officers were able to spend time interacting with festival goers and families.

"By engaging with members of the public in this way, we hope it will build relationships and encourage young people in particular to run to us when they're in danger, rather than be scared of the uniform."

SC Cox was also praised by the public on social media, with one fan writing: "Just shows that all police are normal well done officer".

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