NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — A New London police officer has become one the most popular guys in the Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School community and beyond after a video surfaced showing a fun dance off between the officer and a student.
The video, shot by Prinicpal Alison Burick, was originally posted on the New London Police Union Facebook page. It shows officer Alex Dyer showing off his moves against a Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School second grade student named Amir Thomas. Dyer and other officers were at Bennie Dover Sunday bringing students some pizza as they rehearsed for the New London Youth Talent Show in April.
Amir tells News8 he wasn’t too worried about losing this dance off.
“I bet I could beat I could beat this guy cause you know he’s way older than me,” he said with a laugh.
Officer Dyer says he didn’t have a chance. “Oh not at all,” he said. “Honest as soon as he did the split I put my hands up I knew it was over at that point. There was nothing I could do to win that battle.”
But officers are winning kids over by doing things like delivering pizza to the students. Building bridges as the chief calls it.
“When there’s kids present take two seconds out of your day talk to the kids cause the kids are impressionable,” said New London Police Chief Peter Reichard.
Amir has already had some positive run-ins with police.
“I earned a ride to school in a police car and I got to actually sit in the front,” said Amir.
Amir had some serious moves, and now New London police say Officer Dyer is already working on some new moves for the next time they square off in a dance battle.
“I told him I’d try to be able to do a split next year so we’ll see if a… it probably isn’t going to happen but we’ll see if it will happen,” said officer Dyer. “We’ll see.”
Split or no split a real connection was made between this police officer and student, along with many others.