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Capt. Derrick E. Wood explained how it all came together:
"The 35th District is greatly involved with the community. We have had several events in which we try to create and maintain a connection with the community. My administrative Sergeant, Jovania Perkins, thought it would be fun and asked me if we could do the song, "The Nae Nae", with officers from the 35th District, some of the members of the community, and with some of the firefighters (since they are adjacent to the 35th District). I thought it was an amazing idea and was on board every step of the way.
Sgt. Jovania Perkins coordinated the video. She has a background in film and media and took it a step further saying that she wanted to film the event to have as a keepsake, and publish it to YouTube and post on to the District's Twitter page.
The video includes members of the community, those who were walking by and wanted to join in, and children from a community training program, Aikan Acts.
While filming this dance, as you can see in the video, we had a great time. This event not only affected the children and the adults of the community positively, but also left a lasting impression on the officers. The interaction and bond that was experienced that day between the community and the officers was incredible."