Van Buren officer builds relationships between police & youth one wiggle at a time

Officer George Edelen is taking the 'Wiggle Dance' to elementary schools all over Van Buren. His entire SRO division and police department is striving to be a positive difference for their youth.

VAN BUREN, Ark. (KTHV) – This story begins with the Van Buren Police Department, a resource officer named George Edelen, and a dance called the “wiggle dance.”

The little ones at King Elementary School in Van Buren were the first participants of Officer Edelen’s master plan to make his city a more loving and trusting place.

“I saw it on YouTube and wanted to do it with my elementary students for a way to bridge the gap between police and youth,” said Officer Edelen.

Let’s be honest, we love seeing officers get goofy, and have a little fun. Especially when we’re getting into the full swing of a new school year, what better way to get the kids excited then to have them dance it out.

After such a successful ‘wiggle dance’ at King Elementary School, the video went viral. Right now, it has over 120 thousand views on Facebook!

Why would Edelen stop there? He didn’t! Edelen took the dance to three other schools; Central Elementary School, Tate Elementary School and the most recent was Rena Elementary School.

“Each time I organized it I wanted to make each school have their own. A lot of work went into it, from the teachers all the way to the dancers. It helps kids know we like to have fun as well as be there for them anytime they need us,” said Edelen.

Officer Edelen told us that their entire SRO division and police department in Van Buren strives to be a positive difference for their youth.

“A police officer and his kids started it in New Jersey. I’ve been talking with him about all the positive feedback from it. It’s just awesome! I love my job!” said Edelen.

Officer Edelen was also just recognized by the Van Buren School District for his dedication and service! 

And everyone here at THV11 definitely thinks he deserved it! Wiggle on, sir!

To see all the video, you can also go to Officer Edelen's YouTube channel, click here.


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