Youngsters play police at basketball

Pompey in The Community 'Respect' v Police basketball. 'PCSO Leon Bailey tries to get through the defence.'Pic Mick Young'18/10/2012

Pompey in The Community 'Respect' v Police basketball. 'PCSO Leon Bailey tries to get through the defence.'Pic Mick Young'18/10/2012

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YOUNGSTERS faced a friendly battle with the police in a basketball game in Portsmouth.

The match was set up as part of the Respect programme, which is run by Pompey in the Community, and youth charity Catch 22 in a bid to try and improve relations between young people and the local police.

It took place at Priory School in Southsea, where a group of under-19s from the Respect programme often play.

Jack Bessey, 18, from Stamshaw, said: ‘It’s just good because we get to see the police out of uniform and see that they are just people.

‘It’s good for the police to build their rapport with the community.

‘We don’t know them on a personal level.

‘So we get to see them for who they are.’

The police team beat the youngsters 46-40.

Jack added: ‘It went really well. It was a good atmosphere.’

Richie Maclaren, project worker for Pompey in the Community, said: ‘Our young people were more than willing to organise this and help out.’

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