Photo Gallery: 8th Annual Cops Vs. Kids Basketball Game
Photo Gallery: 8th Annual Cops Vs. Kids Basketball Game
A sixth grader tries to save a ball from going out of bounds during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader tries to save a ball from going out of bounds during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

The audience at the 8th Annual Tom Chuckran Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

The audience at the 8th Annual Tom Chuckran Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A cop throws the ball inbounds at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A cop throws the ball inbounds at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A cop tries to save a ball headed out of bounds at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A cop tries to save a ball headed out of bounds at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden takes a shot at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden takes a shot at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden does a layup at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden does a layup at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader drives the ball towards the basket during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader drives the ball towards the basket during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader goes up for a rebound during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader goes up for a rebound during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A cop and a sixth grader fight for the ball at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A cop and a sixth grader fight for the ball at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader dribbles the ball towards the basket at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader dribbles the ball towards the basket at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Cops and sixth graders vie for a rebound at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Cops and sixth graders vie for a rebound at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader passes the ball across the court at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader passes the ball across the court at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader takes a shot during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader takes a shot during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader dribbles the ball down the court at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader dribbles the ball down the court at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader contemplates taking a shot during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader contemplates taking a shot during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

PORT JERVIS—Eastern Pike, Port Jervis, and Deerpark Police squared off against the sixth-graders of the Port Jervis winter youth basketball program on March 5. 

The game was started as a way to get the police officers and children to interact in an informal and positive way.

“The kids see us definitely in a different light,” said Port Jervis Youth Detective Scott Robertson. “We’re out there having fun, it shows that we’re real people too—we have families and we enjoy doing stuff—[policing] is just a job we do.”

Several cops were playing against their own children, like Deerpark Police Officer Mike Conklin. Before the game, he told his daughter, Mallory, that her team would lose, and when halftime rolled around and she was ahead, he told her the team would make a comeback. 

The sixth-graders have never been defeated, said Recreation Director John Faggione, and this year was no different. They won 72 to 71 in overtime.

A cop throws the ball inbounds at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A policeman throws the ball inbounds at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A cop tries to save a ball headed out of bounds at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A policeman tries to save a ball headed out of bounds at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden takes a shot at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden takes a shot at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader drives the ball towards the basket during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A sixth-grader drives the ball toward the basket during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden does a layup at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden does a layup at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader goes up from a rebound during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A sixth-grader goes up for a rebound during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader dribbles the ball towards the basket at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A sixth-grader with the ball at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A cop and a sixth grader fight for the ball at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A policeman and a sixth-grader fight for the ball at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

Cops and sixth graders vie for a rebound at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Policemen and sixth-graders vie for a rebound at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader tries to save a ball from going out of bounds during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A sixth-grader tries to save a ball from going out of bounds during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader passes the ball across the court at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A sixth-grader about to pass the ball across the court at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader takes a shot during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A sixth-grader takes a shot during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader contemplates taking a shot during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A sixth-grader contemplates taking a shot during the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

The audience at the 8th Annual Tom Chuckran Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
Spectators at the 8th Annual Tom Chuckran Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

A sixth grader dribbles the ball down the court at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)
A sixth-grader dribbles the ball down the court at the Cops vs. Kids basketball game at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis on March 5, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

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