New Haven cops team up with city youth for hoop tourney

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NEW HAVEN — As part of National Community Policing week, New Haven Police officers hit the basketball courts with the city’s youth.

The event, Cops & Ballers, was held Wednesday at Edgewood Park.

New Haven Police said they were blown away by the turn out of dozens of kids ready to shoot some hoops with the city’s cops. About 100 people turned out for the event.

Interim Chief Anthony Campbell said the officers decided to lose the uniform and wear the same t-shirts as the kids playing, to show they are all on the same team.

This event in an effort to encourage relationships between citizens and police.

“Cops have a voice, just like the community has a voice, the thing is we just have to talk to one another and part of talking to one another is feeling comfortable with one another and we get comfortable with one another when we do things like this,” he said.

The event included a bicycle helmet giveaway, a bike ride around the park and 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

It was held by the New Haven Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s office, with the help of the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention Program.