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Officers called to break up teens, end up joining basketball game instead

1 year 8 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, September 25 2019 Sep 25, 2019 September 25, 2019 10:45 AM September 25, 2019 in News
Source: ABC News

POMPTON LAKES, NJ - A group of teens playing a nighttime basketball game in New Jersey didn't have the police encounter they expected when a squad car showed up.

Officers were summoned to the area after receiving a complaint. A caller near Pompton's Lakeside School phoned police to report that a group of juveniles were drinking and being loud, according to authorities.

But when officers arrived at the scene, all they found was a group of teens playing a friendly pick-up game. So the officers, Sergeant Ruffo and Patrol Officers Bartlett and Logreco, split up and joined the game.

"Just another reason to love and respect this department," said a commenter on the department's Facebook page, where the officers posted video of the game.

The police department reported that Team Logreco won the game over Team Ruffo, 5-4.

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