A New York Police Department officer left a group of children playing basketball stunned when he showed off his athletic talents and an incredible shot worthy of an NBA court.
In a video shared to the department’s Twitter account, Officer James of the NYPD from the Bronx precinct shoots an impressive jumper from beyond a park fence as crowds of children look on.
“We aren’t kidding when we say our officers have skills,” the department wrote in the tweet. “Great job with the [basketball] and [NYPD] connecting with the community Officer James.”
One of the young onlookers watching the officer in awe can be heard saying, “You miss, you going to give me a dollar. You miss, you give me a dollar!”
James, having no doubt of his abilities, declined the offer and is overheard saying, “we gonna make it, trust me” as he gets into shooting form.
As soon as he went in for the deep jump and shot his ball into basket, the onlookers went wild and cheered on James, a five-year veteran of the department.
While his outreach efforts are part of the NYPD’s neighborhood-policing initiative, James’ takeaway from the experience had more to do with the kids than his skills.
“I enjoy interacting with the people in the community,” James said in a statement released by the NYPD. “It’s not a cliché — I really want to make a difference and inspire people.”