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'We Are Here to Make Sure They Succeed': SFPD Officers Build Teamwork, Trust with Tenderloin Kids on Basketball Court

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    The Salvation Army in San Francisco's Tenderloin held a neighborhood basketball tournament, with the winning team given an opportunity to play against San Francisco police officers. Jean Elle reports. (Published Friday, Oct. 2, 2015)

    The Salvation Army in San Francisco's Tenderloin held a neighborhood basketball tournament, with the winning team given an opportunity to play against San Francisco police officers.

    Police officers who patrol the Tenderloin will tell you it is a rough neighborhood. They are hoping Friday's teamwork on the basketball court will build trust with the kids on the street.

    "As you can see I'm not in uniform," officer Yossef Azim said. "Its to show we are one. We are the same people. We are here to make sure they succeed."

    Aaron Harrison, 12, was one of the youth who played hoops with officers. He said the experience helps him see past the badge.

    "Before any of this I wouldn't talk to them at all," he said. 

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