Instead Of Shutting Down This Streetball Game, These Police Officers Jumped In And Played

07/21/2014 11:50 am ET | Updated Jul 22, 2014

Life is better when police can shoot hoops instead of bullets.

Nobody knows that better than police in Kansas City, Missouri, who were caught on camera last week playing a game of basketball in the street with some local kids.

Samuel Lockridge, a special education teacher at J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City, captured the pickup game on camera last week, then shared the clip on Facebook.

"[Shout out] to [the police] for taking time out to block off the street and play ball wit [sic] the kids," Lockridge wrote in a note accompanying several photos of the game.

"Once upon a time the community had a relationship with their law enforcement," Lockridge added in a follow-up post. "[T]hings like this will get that relationship back intact thankx to all of those who shared the video because of you a neighborhood of kids have had the best 2 days of their lives [all sic]."

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"There have been several times we’ve stopped to play basketball with them, throwing the football around and stuff like that,” Officer Todd Templeton, one of the officers in the video, told Kansas City's Fox 4. Templeton added he and the other officers, Tanner Moats and William Hooley, often play around with the kids for 30 minutes or so, someone just happened to record it this time.

"We do this every day -- officers everywhere do this every day," added Hooley, "it just happened to be caught on camera this time."

In separate statements to KMBC, members of the police department said they were surprised the video has been so widely shared online.

"We're doing it for the kids. We love the kids out here. We try to do our best interacting with the kids," Officer Templeton told the station. "They see enough of the bad stuff that goes in the neighborhoods just like we do, and we need to get their mind off of that."

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