Unique partnership results in unique opportunities: CMS students get to play pickup basketball with Sunnyvale police officers

CMS students play basketball with police officers and community services coordinators

Students who were looking for something to do on late start Wednesdays before school started were given a unique opportunity to play basketball with Sunnyvale police in February.

Students of all skill levels were welcomed to drop in anytime between 8 and 9:30 a.m. on the mornings of Feb. 7, 14, 24 and 28 in the Columbia Neighborhood Center/Columbia Middle School gym. Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officers already played basketball in the morning and saw a unique opportunity to play with students.

“It goes along perfectly with our values as a department and how we’re always looking for new and diverse ways to engage with the community,” said Capt. Shawn Ahearn.

The idea came about during a Columbia Neighborhood Center (CNC) Joint Task Force Meeting. For the pilot program, students were able to drop in during the special four-week series. It was a great success with 18-20 students dropping in each time. Coordinators with the CNC and DPS will look into continuing the program into the future.

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