Fresno, CA – Chief Jerry Dyer and some of his officers are taking timeout from hitting the streets to hit the hardwood. They played a game with more than just bragging rights on the line.
From the dunks.
“They going to give me a ticket. I’ll dunk on them.” said former Bulldogs basketball player JaVance Coleman.
To the trash talking.
“It’s the only night we get to whoop the cops and not get arrested.” says CEO of the Street Saints Brian King.
“This year if we get an opportunity, we are going to beat them bad.” said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
This isn’t your average night of hoops, it’s a night where Fresno police and the Street Saints turn baskets into building blocks for the Police Activities League. Giving middle school kids in west Fresno a first hand look into law enforcement with a hands on event.
“They get to see our officers in a humanistic manner and when we break down those lines of communication it’s amazing what happens.” said Chief Dyer.
This is the second annual community basketball game. But this game is so much more than raising money for youth programs, it’s a chance to showcase cops and the community coming together.
“There is a big division between cops and community but in west Fresno were trying to be the cornerstone that police and community can work together.” said King.
“I love you brother, love you back.”
There was a lot of love, a lot of baskets and money raised, but only one trophy.
The event raising $30,000 and in case you were wondering Chief Dyer will have to stew over another drubbing at the hands of the Street Saints, with the final of 75-54.