A dancing Victorian Police officer has brought joy Yarrawonga residents with his traffic stopping dance moves last week.
First Constable Harley Trickey was stopping cars on Belmore street to check drivers were complying with COVID-19 border crossing restrictions.
"It was a tedious repetitive task, so I thought I'd just brighten up peoples mornings by doing a bit of a dance," he said.
"It was a bit like an air traffic controller guiding in a plane and then a bit of a Shakira 'hips don't lie' chucked in at the end as well.
"It started out as a bit of fun and the more I did it, the more smiles sort of came through and the community were really engaging.
"I thought 'why not make it a thing?', I'll just do it to every car that comes in; wave them in, do a bit of a dance."
The Endeavor based Constable had been working in Yarrawonga for a week and said he'd been impressed with residents' attitudes.
"They were still very polite and it was a pleasant experience," he said.
"Everyone up here is so lovely anyway, but you could definitely see the smiles as they were coming up.
"They went from happy to even more happy.
"The community up here are so generous and patient with what's happening so I just sort of thought I'd give back to them."
Yarrawonga resident Carmen Floyd took a video of Mr Trickey's moves on her way to the nearby supermarket and posted it to social media.
"I just had a bit of a chuckle to myself and thought I'd get it on video to show my partner and then I thought I might as well put it on Facebook just so my friends could have a bit of a laugh," she said.
A friend suggested Ms Floyd make the video public so it could be shared.
"And it's sort of gone crazy," she said.
"Last time I saw it, it was over 1000 shares, but that was just from my Facebook page; other Facebook pages have copied it and shared it as well.
"So but I think I've had over 24,000 views from it."
Ms Floyd said people had been leaving many positive comments on the post.
"It was good to see something different on Facebook other than COVID and all the other things happening in the world," she said.
"[It's] something a bit different and funnier to watch."
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Ms Floyd said it was nice to see an officer enjoying his duties.
"You don't really often see them having fun at work in their uniforms," she said.
"Normally I think people think policemen are so serious and stuff like that, so it's good to see them having a bit of fun.
"I actually went into the IGA and bought a block of chocolate and took it over to him.
"I said 'this is for you'. He laughed and said thankyou."
Mr Trickey said he was humbled to have had brightened people's days and made such an impact within the community.
"I obviously wasn't going out there with a scripted thing or I hadn't rehearsed it or anything like that, it kind of just came about organically," he said.
"I saw the impact straight away people were smiling, people were coming through just to see the dancing copper.
"It exceeded what I ever thought would actually happen.
"People were just telling me it was making their day."
Mr Trickey said his colleagues were a little embarrassed at first.
"They kept getting asked questions 'who's the dancing copper?'," he said.
"But they loved it as well, they were getting into it, they were encouraging me."
Mr Trickey said he hadn't tested out his dancing, car directing skills in Melbourne yet, but he would "potentially" give it a go when he returned home.
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