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Posted 1/27/16
Just watched these two vids at my biker forum. Thought it was the neatest thing I have seen in a long time.

What do you think

https://youtu.be/NE4ulETPRBI


https://youtu.be/el4qyJFJmbI
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Posted 1/28/16
Yeah I saw those a few days ago. I agree that this department has their community outreach working overtime!
Posted 1/28/16
It's a great story. If only all were like this. He even got visited by Shaq.
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Posted 1/28/16 , edited 1/28/16
I like what their doing. But don't they have better things to do then play basketball, these resources could've been spent elsewhere if you ask me
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TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:

I like what their doing. But don't they have better things to do then play basketball, these resources could've been spent elsewhere if you ask me


The point of the story was they didn't stop kids (running them from their game per neighbors'complaints) from being kids and added a more approachable, kid-friendly element to the job.
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Posted 1/28/16

lunarxx wrote:


TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:

I like what their doing. But don't they have better things to do then play basketball, these resources could've been spent elsewhere if you ask me


The point of the story was they didn't stop kids (running them from their game per neighbors'complaints) from being kids and added a more approachable, kid-friendly element to the job.


Yea I know, still think they could've spent their time else where. I mean it's great that they didn't stop them from playing, however I think they didn't need to go back and play with them again
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Yeah I saw those. Great stories and we need more stories like that. There are a lot of great police officers out there. Men and women who truly want to make the world a better place. Unfortunately there is also an element who is attracted to the job for all the wrong reasons.

And who would ever complain about kids being outside playing basketball? There are so many worse things out there they could be doing. We need to remember to just let kids be kids sometimes. This cop did an astounding job and deserves all the praise he's getting.
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Posted 1/28/16
What difference did he make?
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TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:

I like what their doing. But don't they have better things to do then play basketball, these resources could've been spent elsewhere if you ask me


They were responding to a complaint. They did their job by checking it out and looking into it. The only difference is since it turned out to be nothing they decided it would be a good opportunity to improve community relations. At least that's what it appears to be.

As for the second time, I don't know. Didn't bother with that video.

Smart decision by the cops. It's better than abusing power or doing anything irrational.
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Posted 1/28/16
Oh man those kids are playing basketball in the middle of the day again. Better call the cops.

Some might think this is a waste, but community outreach can be an important use of time. Cops are real people too. They might have a lot of pressure at times, but plenty of them care. People need to know that cops aren't all violent and mean like the news gets off showing them as and that they're generally out there with everyone's best interests in mind.
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TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:

I like what their doing. But don't they have better things to do then play basketball, these resources could've been spent elsewhere if you ask me


Someone filed a complaint, he talked with the people, and investigated what was going on. Might not be as efficient use of resources but the police was friendly and didn't shove their power around. I think he did the right thing by showing that the police are just normal people.

Plus cops have a high stress job and interacting with the community is a better use of time than sitting in a donut shop with a bunch of cop buddies.
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Wait, is this a story about cops being decent? I can't believe my eyes. Someone actually taped them doing a good thing.

Sarcasm aside, I think it's good. The tension that kid felt when the officer first approached him was palpable, but I'm happy he handled it so well. And in Florida, no less!
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TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:

I like what their doing. But don't they have better things to do then play basketball, these resources could've been spent elsewhere if you ask me


The cops in my area (I do live in Florida) stop by from time to time to hang out for anywhere from thirty minutes - an hour. Most of them work ten - twelve hour shifts, so they like a break sometimes. They always leave if a call comes up, and sometimes I watch them walk in the door, get a call, and walk right back out.
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Posted 1/28/16
The best thing about the story is the cop says your not doing anything wrong and makes the kids feel relaxed. Oh btw he is white and all the kids are black but the barriers melts away with common ground of shooting hoops and talking. The follow-up with Shaq is really cool he is a mountain of a man and the kids are laughing and taking selfies. I saw this on ESPN.com so video is viral and bigger than just FB and Youtube in fact NBA.com is getting mileage for PR and so is ESPN. People don't get it if you think cop is wasting time he is building relations for the future
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Great cops are only great as the community they're protecting. I've live in some place, like Inglewood
and Oakland were cops can be rude. And I don't blame them because the community were bad.
I know they are many great cops out there. Sometimes the community needs to step up.
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