By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tuesday was awards night for the NYPD‘s new Blue Chips program, which connects officers to youth through basketball.

Both police and teenagers were honored at One Police Plaza.

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Through the program, officers coach and mentor kids across the city.

Commissioner Dermot Shea says it’s a way to help build relationships with the community and keep the kids on the right path.

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“The cops love the opportunity to work with the kids in the city, to mentor them, to teach them, so it’s a win-win,” he said.

“We want to make the community safer, and this is a tool to show kids a different side of the badge,” NYPD Officer Darnell Gatling said.

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The program kicked off in July. It’s open to kids ages 12-17.

CBSNewYork Team