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Norwich police pick up basketball game with neighborhood kids

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Some Norwich police officers picked up a game of basketball with some neighborhood kids. (submitted video) Some Norwich police officers picked up a game of basketball with some neighborhood kids. (submitted video)
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

Instead of walking the beat in Taftville, some Norwich police officers picked up a game of basketball with some neighborhood children on Monday.

The video posted on Facebook is getting hundreds of views.

A mom posted the video, showing the building of community relations between the neighborhood and the police.

"These officers were really cool, really chilled out,” said 15-year-old Bert Augmon, of Taftville.

He said he started the neighborhood squad, and said usually the police cruise by and wave, but on Monday night they put their game faces on.

Neighbor Stephen Sylvestre said he’s seen it before.

"More than once. I think that makes a better connection because the kids don't look at them more as an authority figure, but more as a friend,” Sylvestre said.

"We are real and that's something that we not only strive for, not only in the Norwich Police Department, but all around the country,” said Norwich Police Sgt. John Perry.

Parents said they love to see their children interacting with officers on the court.

"It's says that the police are very calm, neat and nice,” Augmon said.

"That's what makes it fun. The parents will sit and root on us and it's their kids and they want us to win over the kids,” Perry said. "Before you know it we were sweating and looking for water. Actually they let us win. They were much better than us and better equipped."

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