Officer Bobby White of the Gainsville, FL police department made approving headlines earlier last week when he responded to a complaint about kids playing basketball "loudly" in the street. Rather than be a killjoy, he joined the game, and won the approval of the neighborhood for his friendly, non-coercive approach.
He told the kids he'd "bring backup" for another game . . . but his department came up with a larger-than-life backup that far exceeded everyone's expectations. Shaquille O'Neal (himself a reserve police officer) joined the cops for a pick-up game with the kids, to their joy and the excitement of their parents.
Now that's how to build good community relations, right there! Full marks to Gainesville PD - and to Shaq - for going the extra mile and setting an example to other law enforcement agencies.