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WATCH: Police officer in Maine belts out moving version of 'O Holy Night.'

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NBC - The idea of a police officer pulling a vehicle over for a traffic stop isn't exactly what many people consider a "joy to the world." But for one Portland, Maine police officer, it's not the sight of him on foot patrol but his angelic voice that has people stopping and saying "oh holy night."

When officer Jeremy Turner's partner cracked a joke about singing while out on foot patrol, he never knew what was coming. While Turner may be shy and bashful on the outside, he knew the secret weapon he kept in his back pocket.

"Well, I've been singing since I was six years old, and I went to the University of Southern Maine and have a degree in Music Performance," Turner said.

The video went viral overnight with more than 50-thousand views in a matter of hours. The positive attention is more than welcomed from Turner's boss.

"It humanizes law enforcement officers at a completely different level," Chief Michael Sauschuck said.

Now Jeremy Turner is a local celebrity.

"Only a couple people here knew that I sing, and now everyone I see is saying something and asking why I didn't say anything before," Turner said.

That shyness slowly fades once turner starts singing. He never thought that musical passion would creep into his work.

"Being a police officer is something I had always wanted, and I decided that's what I wanted to do and kind of thought, you know, I'd find places to sing if I had the time," Turner said.

He's taking the attention in stride and considering new ways to bring music into his job as an officer.

"That's who Jeremy Turner is. I mean, that's the real deal, he's always smiling, he's always laughing," Chief Sauschuck said.

For some officers, the singing wasn't a surprise as officer turner also sang the national anthem at his graduation from the police academy.

Watch his video here: 

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