The Durham Police have launched an internal investigation after three of its employees posted a satirical video on YouTube on Wednesday.
The Hollywood-style movie trailer, called “Central Cells,” depicts two police officers and a supervisor trying to avoid working in the cellblock of their branch.
In the 63-second clip, the officers run around the halls, start a bonfire in a parking lot and make a snow angel on top of a squad car, all to the sound of dramatic background music.
Theatrical text also appears through the video, reading “3 officers / On a quest for freedom / Will discover there is no escape / From cellblock.”
The three police workers are identified in the video as Mike Glennie, Paul Gregoriou and Harold Tasson.
They use police equipment, are in uniform, and are on police grounds throughout the video.
“I am disappointed by this on a number of levels,” said Durham Police Chief Mike Ewles in a press release. “One employee depicted is a supervisor and that’s even more troubling for me.”
Clips of U.S. President Barack Obama and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford are also edited into the production.
“I have no idea what the motivation for producing this video would be, but I believe it is disrespectful to the hardworking men and women of this branch and embarrassing for everyone here at the DRPS,” said Mr. Ewles in the release.
The Professional Standard Unit is currently investigating the video.
A disclaimer at the end of the clip says it was not shot on company time.
The clip appears to have been removed from YouTube.