NEWPORT BEACH (CBS) — If a Newport Beach Police Department recruitment video is to be believed, the tony beachside city is a terrifying place where officers routinely ram doors in, subdue suspects with chokeholds and search for criminals with the department’s helicopter spotlight.
A video titled “Are You Qualified?” was uploaded to YouTube by the department in 2008, but went viral after it was posted on sites like theagitator.com and the Huffington Post.
The video, set to fast-paced techno music, begins with officers suiting up with bullet-proof vests and checking their guns. At 1:26, the video is a whirlwind of footage of officers running through neighborhoods of beachside condos, loading up assault rifles and training exercises .
The video ends with an officer commanding, “Stop resisting. Stop resisting,” and a shot of a squad car driving slowly in front of the setting sun.
“We are a highly progressive Police Department with 149 Sworn Officers. As an officer in the Newport Beach Police Department you will have the opportunity to provide the highest level of service to a community that cherishes the quality of life that the city offers. We are a family of officers that are highly trained, well equipped, and have the privilege of being one of the highest paid agencies in Southern California,” the video’s description reads.
Comments on the video have been less than complimentary.
“Newport Beach: where your Call of Duty Live Action Roleplaying dreams come true,” a user named Christopher Swing wrote.
“The Newport Beach video is like the intro to one of those 70s cop shows – One Adam 12, Starsky and Hutch, et al. Or else that one Beastie Boys video,” a user named Lorenzo wrote.