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Opp police officers, students to face off in basketball game

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Opp, AL (WSFA) -

Police officers in Opp will swap their police uniforms for gym clothes for their second annual student vs. officer basketball game Friday.

The Opp Police Department basketball team will play against Opp High School students at 1 p.m.

Police Chief Mike McDonald says the game is a way to build relationships in the community and for students to see officers in ways they normally wouldn't.

"The major point of this whole thing is to see police officers in a non-traditional role. [The officers] aren't in uniform, they aren't writing a ticket," McDonald said.

Opp Mayor John Bartholomew will serve as one of the referees.

Officers played students at Opp Middle School last year, and McDonald says the students had a blast.

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