June 16, 2014 10:38 AM EDT

Two Texas police officers have gone viral for “singing” Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” in a patrol car.

Boasting nearly 500,000 YouTube views, this video of “hip-hop cops” Ranell Roy and Ariel Ronell of the Rosenberg Police Department first went viral via Facebook, racking up more than 54,000 “likes” and 220,000 shares. “See…we really are no different then anyone else,” the department wrote in the post.

The clip is the latest example of how the department is making viral videos to connect with its community as a way to show that the force is not just trying to get people in trouble, but get people to stay out of trouble. Another Rosenberg Police Department clip of a cop stopping to play catch with a boy who was alone also went viral earlier this year. As Sgt. Ariel Soltura, one of the creators of the unit’s Facebook page, told KPRC, “If we can get people to laugh then we can gain cooperation from the public.

(h/t New York Daily News)

Write to Olivia B. Waxman at olivia.waxman@time.com.

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