‘Take Over the Streets’: NYPD Officers Team Up with NBA for Community Outreach in Brooklyn

(PIX 11) The NYPD is teaming up with the NBA and Spaulding for a community event called “Take Over the Streets.”

Officers from Brooklyn North Patrol Borough were armed with basketballs and hoops. The goal: To foster good community relations, one dunk at a time. They pulled up to four locations on Monday. At each one, they would close off a street and play pickup basketball with residents in the neighborhood.

The first location was at Bushwick Avenue and Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick. The next, at Herzl Street and Livonia Avenue in Brownsville. Followed by the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Tompkins Avenue in Bed-Stuy. The final stop was in East New York at Dumont Avenue and Shepherd Avenue.

“Neighborhood policing is a philosophy that the police have embraced. We are out here trying to embrace these kids, connect with our community,” said Assistant Chief Jeff Maddrey, Brooklyn North commander. “Of course, if you bring two hoops and 30 balls, we connect really fast.”

“It feels good to be a part of something with the police, that we get to know them and have fun with them,” said Duane Foskey, 11, of Brownsville.

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