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New police athletic league formed

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The Hattiesburg Police Department has partnered with the Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation Department to form a new sports league for young people. The Hattiesburg Police Athletic League will actually be made up of current city youth teams in different sports, but will have a police presence within the league.

Today, league officials were introduced during playoff games for Hattiesburg Little League Football. Applications were also handed out to people who may want to volunteer to work with the new organization.

"The biggest thing that we are trying to push is to introduce law enforcement to youth at a younger age, with the hope and belief that if they interact with law enforcement and they learn to respect the officer, then as they grow older and become better citizens, they'll learn to respect the laws that the officers enforce," said Sergeant Synarus Green, with the Hattiesburg Police Department.

League members will begin working with youngsters during the upcoming basketball season.

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