Tournament Connects Duluth Police with Kids

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Duluth Police are always out in the community but this weekend their presence had a different tone.

“I think a lot of the new officers that came out they get to know a lot of the parents and the kids,” Duluth city council candidate Barri Love said. “So when they do see them if they’re doing something bad they can talk to them.”

Duluth Police officers took off their uniforms and hit the blacktop for a three on three basketball tournament called “Take it to the Court.”

For a good part of the day they scrimmaged with area kids at the Hillside Sport Court.

Officers tell FOX 21 events like this help them to become more transparent, recognizable and build relationships within the community.

“I think it’s very important with especially some of the things going on and around the United States that we want to connect with kids in the community,” Duluth Police public information officer Ron Tinsley said. “We want to let them know that we’re here to have fun with them. We also want them to know that we want to be approached.”

About 20 kids participated in the event.

Some of them tell FOX 21 competing against the officers was not only fun but has changed the way they view police.

“I see them as good,” tournament participant William Woodfork said. “They’re good, they’re fun and they participate in a lot of stuff.”

“Really fun, I like to play with people that I don’t really know,” said Myles Byrd who also played against the DPD.

The basketball tournament was put on by Duluth city council candidate Barri Love who says they plan on making the event even bigger next year.
 

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