Dashcam catches policeman's timeout

KATIE KENNY
Last updated 09:45 21/01/2014
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US police officer takes community policing to the extreme when he stops for a game of catch.

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MEDIA STAR: Sergeant Ariel Soltura being interviewed on Fox News.

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An endearing video caught by a US police dash cam shows what community policing is all about.

The dashboard camera footage shows a police officer from Rosenberg, Texas, stop mid-patrol to play football with a lonely boy on the street.

The video appeared on Saturday and was uploaded to the police department's Facebook page, where it has had more than 4000 views.

The officer, Sergeant Ariel Soltura, has received praise from the community with one commenter saying "You guys have got community policing nailed down perfectly".

Soltura told Fox News that it was "really uplifting to read the comments and to know I was able to make an impact on the boy's life".

He said he saw the boy and thought "You know what, it's just two guys on a beautiful day, why not play a two or three minute game of catch?

"The message is something that was created years ago. We cannot simply police the community we actually need to police with the community."

The boy said he wanted to be a police officer or a professional football player when he grows up.

The local football team, the Rosenberg Roughnecks, saw the video on Facebook and has posted a message offering the boy a scholarship to play for the team this coming season.

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