LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Some relationships between the community and its police force have been strained in the last couple of years.

But Lexington hopes part of the unique training of its new officer recruits can build bridges, beginning with basketballs, the thud of basketballs on an indoor court dribbled by police recruits.

“My goal is to engage in the community with the youth,” Lexington community outreach coordinator Gerald “Geo” Gibson said.

Hoping the lessons will go beyond the net, “To make sure our kids do not end up in your police cars,” Gibson said.

“You got your work cut out for you as you go into these communities to patrolling these communities here in Lexington, KY,’ Gibson said.

Gibson said he used to be a “Deadbeat father, drug dealer, gangster, high school dropout, thief, liar.”

But took a time out to come up with a better game plan by inspiring the team of Lexington police recruits and his city’s future.

“Why do you want to become a police officer,” Gibson asked.

“Before I came here I worked at the jail and saw their was just a revolving door so being out on the streets being able to prevent the same people from getting arrested,” a Lexington police recruit said.

His best play operation making a change, known as “OMAC”

“It is bigger than I am a police officer,” Gibson said.

Gibson hopes kids who grew up like him will see a future beyond the fear of breaking the law and to those in charge of enforcing it.

“There are people in this world breaking the law, so you are going to have to do your job but what I am saying is I am trying to prevent kids from growing up and going toward the wrong side of the law,” Gibson said.