BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A group of officers who were called to complaints of kids playing in a parking lot did the unexpected when they arrived to find the youth playing soccer.
They joined them.
ABC News reports that the Birmingham Police Department had received several complaints about the kids playing in a parking lot after business hours.
A group of five or six officers showed up, not to kick the kids — ages 5 to 13 — out of the parking lot, but to give them a positive experience instead.
“We kind of decided as a group that we’re going to use this as a good opportunity to introduce ourselves further and get to know the kids and hopefully make a positive impact,” Jordan Burke, a four-year Birmingham Police Department veteran, told ABC News.
When the officers offered to play, they said the kids’ faces lit up.
Burke posted video of them playing ball to Facebook and wrote:
“Please stop calling the police telling us to tell children to stop playing outside. This will be the result every time. The soccer game that followed, was intense. Unfortunately, my team lost. But my partner and I won new nicknames “Woody” and “Buzz”. Apparently running with all this gear on makes it look like there’s a snake in my boots.”