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West York barbers and police face off on the court

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

West York Mayor Shawn Mauck is continually looking for ways to improve relationships between the community and the West York Borough Police Department.

During the mayor's recent trip to West End Blendz barbershop for a haircut, some of the barbers suggested a basketball game between them and the police. 

"This is a model of how local government can work with local business for the betterment of the community," Mauck said while watching the game from the sidelines Sunday. "The kids are enjoying themselves."

Because of vacations and other conflicts, West York reached out to other local law enforcement to help field a team. Several officers from the York City School Police, led by Chief Mike Muldrow, joined Bri Wilson from West York and Terry Bowman from the state  Attorney General's Office to take the court in a three-on-three matchup against the West End Blendz team.

While quite a bit of smack talking was going on, the teams displayed great sportsmanship and served as an example to local kids watching from courtside. 

York City Schools Police Officer Quinn Johnson, left, goes up for a lay-up while coved by Luis DeJesus of the West End Blendz barbers during a game of 3 on 3 basketball at Shelly Park in West York, Sunday, August 13, 2017.  John A. Pavoncello photo

"We hope to make this an annual event," Mauck said. 

West End Blendz contniues its community outreach Monday, Aug. 21, when the barbershop will be offering free basic haircuts for less fortunate students in grades K-12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the shop, 1415 W. Market St.