Watch: Sacramento police officer dances with neighborhood kids

A Sacramento police officer busted a move at the Summer Night Lights event Friday evening.

The video of Sacramento Police Department Lt. Roman Murrietta was posted on the event host's Facebook page and is spreading quickly. Murrietta is seen dancing with neighborhood children to the song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" by Silentó.

According to Jenna Abbott, who's part of the Sacramento Summer Night Lights (SSNL) team, the community event launched in Sacramento last year and has become a hit in the two neighborhoods that currently host it. The event gives officers, like Murrietta, an opportunity to get to know the communities they police.

Based on a similar program started down in the City of Los Angeles, SSNL is designed to reduce violence and bring safe fun to high-crime neighborhoods.

Even though the events are held in these high-crime areas, Abbott said safety is ensured with the help of present police officers and the families who attend.

"We always have two uniformed police officers on site doing exactly what you see Roman doing, community policing," she said. "It's a time for neighbors to come out and get to know their community and they help out in keeping it safe. Parents come out and they really help us to keep it safe for their children."

When SSNL first came to Sacramento, Abbott said the event was only held at Center Parkway and Mack Road. Abbott – who's also the Executive Director of the Mack Road Partnership – said the event is now also being held in Oak Park.

SSNL runs Thursday through Saturday from 7 p.m. till things die down around 11:30 p.m. Oak Park will host the event through August 22 and the Mack Road location will continue through Labor Day weekend.

The program is free and event participants are also treated to a free dinner, with the help of two area school districts: Elk Grove and Sacramento City.


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