Woman shares photo of officer playing ball with kids

Woman shares photo of officer playing ball with kids
(Source: Audrey Ganong via Facebook)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman snapped a photo of an officer reaching out to the community by shooting hoops.

Audrey Ganong first saw flashing lights and thought there was an emergency, but soon discovered a great scene.

Ganong was driving home from church Sunday on Flint Street in Jonesboro when she saw the group playing outside on Strawn Avenue.

"Everybody looks over when they see a police car," Ganong said. "I saw the police officer playing basketball with the kids, and I thought that is so cute."

Ganong knew she had to snag a photo and of course shared it on Facebook.

Officer Brian Arnold was the one shooting hoops. He said it was a slow Sunday and saw them playing and decided to take a second to join them.

Arnold explained he put his police car in park and ran the blue lights to make sure the kids didn't get ran over and cars slowed down.

"I think they were psyched I got out with them, and I wasn't trying to get onto them."

He said officers do things like this all the time. It's just rarely publicized.

Arnold feels it's just part of the job.

"I didn't look at it as a way to try and make Facebook or try to get an interview, I looked at it as basically having fun with some kids, just community involvement," Arnold said.

Ganong, however, saw a much bigger gesture.

"I loved that he was building relationships with those kids, something positive," Ganong said. "That they had somebody playing with them, they just all looked like they were having such a good time."

Ganong said she knows the city of Jonesboro has a great group of police officers, but she feels this just proves it.

"I just thought he was a true hero, and I wanted to give him kudos."

Arnold said it was a great time, and unfortunately the kids are much better at basketball than he is.

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