NJ police officers, sent to bust teens, end up joining hoops game instead

PHOTO: Pompton Lakes (NJ) police officers join in a pick-up basketball game between local youths, Sept. 23, 2019. PlayPompton Lakes Police
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A group of teens playing nighttime basketball in New Jersey got more than they bargained for when a squad car pulled up Monday night.

It started with a complaint made to the police department in Pompton Lakes, a borough of 11,000 about an hour north of New York City. A caller near Pompton's Lakeside School phoned police to report that a group of juveniles were drinking and being loud, according to authorities.

But when officers arrived at the scene, all they found was a group of teens playing a friendly pick-up game. So the officers -- Sergeant Ruffo and Patrol Officers Bartlett and Logreco -- split up and joined the game.

PHOTO: Pompton Lakes (NJ) police officers join in a pick-up basketball game between local youths, Sept. 23, 2019. Pompton Lakes Police
Pompton Lakes (NJ) police officers join in a pick-up basketball game between local youths, Sept. 23, 2019.

"Just another reason to love and respect this department," said a commenter on the department's Facebook page, where the officers posted video of the game.

"Great job with the youth," said another commenter "...and basketball."

For the record, the police department reported that Team Logreco won the game over Team Ruffo, 5-4.