CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - If only for a few hours, officers with the Charleston Police Department put down their badges, and picked up a basketball Thursday.
As part of its anti-bullying campaign, officers took on the reigning state champion Burke Mighty Bulldogs, in a friendly game of basketball inside the Burke gymnasium.
Officer Kinta Palmer, a resource officer at the school, said bullying is among the biggest issues he's left to tackle throughout the day.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2007, one out of three students reported having been bullied in school, many, almost daily.
Palmer said the basketball game serves as an outlet to build better relationships with students, also strengthening the lines of communication.
"We have so much going on in society, people don't like cops, or think cops are a bad idea, we're letting them know cops are good people to have in your corner," he said.
Despite Charleston Police running off to an early lead, the game ended in a tie 53-53.
The game clock expired just as the final school bell rang.