More than 20 local children turned out for Kids Vs Cops 2023 to take on the Mt Barker police station

Jacob Morgan-de LaineAlbany Advertiser
Children warming up at Kids vs Cops 2023.
Camera IconChildren warming up at Kids vs Cops 2023. Credit: Grace Armstrong

Kids and cops went head-to-head in Mt Barker last week for the Kids vs Cops street basketball tournament.

The popular event is in its second year and sees teams of two kids and one local officer compete to decide on a champion.

The Mt Barker police station, with support from the Shire of Plantagenet, hosted the popular tournament.

After the grand finale, the kids and cops enjoyed pizza provided by the police station as well as music and a valuable chance to connect Mt Barker’s young people with their local officers.

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A group of 28 local children took part in the three-on-three tournament, with plenty of onlookers to cheer the teams on.

Shire of Plantagenet manager of community and recreation services David Johnson APM said it was great to see the event so well supported by the community.

“The inaugural tournament in 2021 was a great success and well supported by our youth,” he said.

“As a former police officer, I recognise the importance of positive and respectful relationships between police and the community, which build safer and more liveable communities.”

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