It's become a welcomed common theme.
Officers across the state are being caught on camera interacting with communities on the blacktop.
Smartphone cameras were rolling as officers in both Willimantic and Manchester took a break from patrols to play a little pickup basketball with local children.
Edith Gonzalez captured an officer on Spring Street in Willimantic over the weekend.
She shared the video with Eyewitness News through Facebook.
In Manchester, Michelle Farell-Crandall saw two officers at the Waddell School.
"[It was] a great moment," she posted to Facebook. "Innocence of kids and the protection of the officers."
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