The missions of community policing events like “Coffee with a Cop” and “Basketball Cop Foundation” are to create positive interactions between law enforcement officers and community members. These opportunities can also present themselves during a response.
One night while investigating a drug crime, Coatesville police officers noticed a group of kids playing basketball at a net in disrepair. They wanted to replace the net and the officers contacted the Basketball Cop Foundation which donated a new portable basketball net a week later.
|Photo by Ginger Rae Dunbar - Coatesville police Sgt. Ollis speaks to the crowd about the new basketball net, donated by the Basketball Cop Foundation.|
“It was put together by guys who have your back,” Coatesville police Sgt. Rodger Ollis told the crowd that gathered to see the net unveiled on a hot afternoon.
The officers distributed basketballs donated by the foundation, and the kids lined up to practice their free-throws.