In Buffalo, New York as in many communities around North America there is a rift that can be found between the police and some communities which two officers are trying to find ways to bridge. Michael Norwood and Moe Badger are now known as the singing cops. One is a former college basketball player. The other a gospel singer. When they came together as cops — something clicked, they started two programs to help build a community connection with the police.
One of which is called “COPSS” — which stands for children overcoming police stereotypes through sports. In which they host basketball games with schools all over Buffalo. The other is with song; the two will perform a cappella for people to remind them that they are more than just badges. “When people see us, people demand us to sing now,” Norwood explained. “They won’t take no for an answer. They don’t care what’s goin’ on. Like, I remember we had somebody pulled over. He goes, ‘You’re the singin’ cops. I want a song right now,'” Norwood laughed. “I’m like, ‘Sir, what about your license?'”
But on a more serious note – “It definitely changes the narrative of what we’ve seen,” Badger said. “Through building these relationships in these schools — now, these same kids are not only embracing — police officers, but now they’re coming to us saying, ‘Hey, I wanna be like you.’ And you know, in our community, that’s kind of taboo, to be honest with you. There’s definitely been a divide between our community and the police officers. And our whole mission has to been to mend that divide. It’s working.”
Reaching out through singing and sport and helping mend a community are definitely worth being your Good News Story of the Day and you can find more and even see a video of the two singing their signature song – “My Girl” by giving their interview a watch here.
Story and Image from CBS News.