Stop the Silence tournament brings together cops, kids

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/25/16) - Some Mid-Michigan police officers are getting in overtime this weekend but not on their regular beat.

Cops and kids took part in a basketball tournament in downtown Flint Saturday. But there's much more to these games than a little exercise.

The "Stop the Silence" 3-on-3 basketball tournament was all about kids and police officers getting to know one another in a positive setting.

As part of the tournament, kids ages seven and up, signed a pledge saying they will share information about crime with a parent, teacher or police officer.

"They might not be comfortable talking to the police but they are comfortable going to Steve or to Amy or to Joe because they know us they have seen us around they are comfortable with us they will trust us a little bit more and that is what this is really about building the trust and bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community," said Steven Kramer, a community service trooper with the Michigan State Police.

This was the fourth year for the "Stop the Silence" tournament.

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