Officer Robert Gatewood of the Belton, Texas, police department apparently has some talents outside of the squad car (video below).
During National Night Out, Gatewood was caught on camera dancing doing the whip/nae nae, a set of dance moves popularized by Silento’s song “Watch Me,” with local children.
"A lot of times they'll never meet an officer until they are an adult and if I can get out there and show them that I like to do the same things they do and have fun and enjoy myself, they look at the uniform not as an armor but more as a covering over a human being,” Gatewood told KWTX.
Gatewood was inspired to become a police officer after interacting with the police as a child, WILX reported. "We would always talk about the other things in life," Gatewood said.
"'How are you doing? What can we do to help you?' And knowing that an officer even back in the '90s, was capable of sitting down and talking with me, helped me believe that I could be a police officer. And not just the way you see on TV but these are the ones that get out and meet and greet and get to know my citizens.”
Despite Gatewood’s efforts, one of the children in the video can be hear critiquing his moves in the video with an emphatic “you’re doing it wrong!”