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WYOMING, MN (KPTV) -

Police officers in Wyoming, Minnesota, have a message for drunk drivers – we have music from One Direction cover bands and we are not afraid to use it.

In a tweet sent out just before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the police department for the town of around 7,700 warned that people arrested for driving under the influence would be subjected to a boy-band playlist on their way to jail.

Followers on social media were quick to ask if this would be considered cruel and unusual punishment, as well as suggest other forms of “punishment.”

The department seems to have a good time with its Twitter account, mixing local information and safety warnings with feuds with other departments and fun with hashtags.

Since the tweet went out Wednesday afternoon it has been retweeted more than 5,000 times.

Chief of Police Paul Hoppe said his team sees the tweets as a way to reach his community where they are and engage them in conversation.

“We have a different style on the Twitter page with tongue in cheek humor,” he explained, adding that the feedback has been “really positive."

Hoppe also said that the humorous style helps to get community members to stop and read the posts, allowing them to deliver a message that would be passed over if a more traditional style was used.

The Twitter account also features a #TalkTuesday hashtag for community Q and A with officers as well as a “Tweet the Beat” program Chief Hoppe described as a “virtual ride-along.”

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