GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Two local cops were caught on camera doing something out of the ordinary — Stopping on patrol to play football with some kids.
The video and photos of the officers are now making the rounds on social media.
Gloversville police hit the streets every day to keep the community safe, but on Wednesday, they took some time out of their day to toss around a ball with some kids and it was all caught on camera.
The video was taken by one mother who was dropping her daughter off at Park Terrace Elementary School.
“I think we were having more fun than the kids,” Officer Luke Nellis of the Gloversville Police Department said.
Nellis and Ron Rue are the officers seen in the video.
“When they first see us, it’s like, ‘oh it’s the cops, it’s the police,’ and then we come down and start throwing the football and just everyone loves it,” Rue of the Gloversville Police Department said.
Rue and Nellis say it’s important for them to take time out of their day to interact with the community in a positive way.
“Just builds rapport with the kids,” Nellis said. “It shows them at a young age they can interact with us, we’re sociable, they can approach us.”
Rue and Nellis say they weren’t looking for recognition.
“It makes us feel like we’re doing the right thing and we should continue the actions, and helping the community and having a good time,” Rue said.
Just to have a fun time with the kids and teach them that cops are people too.
Mayor Dayton King says he’s proud, but not surprised to see the officers doing this.
“It was really cool that somebody actually caught them doing some positive stuff and wanted to brag on them,” King added.
He hopes it shows the community what kind of law enforcement Gloversville has and encourages others to step up.
“I can tell you that we’re having a difficult time recruiting police officers because of the nation wide stigma,” King said.
Rue and Nellis say this is something they do about once a week and in fact, everyone on the force is encouraged to take time out of their day to strengthen ties with the community.
“It’s great,” Nellis said. “It’s fun. We have fun doing it. Not only the kids have fun, but we get to have fun.”
“Just positive enrollment, just positive dealings with the community to help foster better communication between both of us,” Rue said.
The officers say they think this type of community policing is happening across the country and this instance just happened to be caught on camera.