- May 15
City Cops vs State Troopers in “Battle of the Badges” Basketball Game
Chief Maury Richards announced today that Officers of the Martinsburg Police Department will square off against Troopers of the West Virginia State Police in a charity basketball game at Martinsburg South Middle School. The MPD vs WVSP “Battle of the Badges” will be held on Monday, May 20th. The competition will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a police and students game. Tip off for the second game, featuring the contest between MPD Officers and State Troopers, will follow immediately after. Admission is a two-dollar donation for adults and children under 12-years-old will be admitted for free. All monies received will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
“This is what it’s all about,” said Chief Richards. “Police, kids, families, and schools coming together for fun, competition, and a worthy cause.” Richards stated, “I want to thank Principal Rosa Clark for hosting this special game and recognize the hard work of our Officers and Troopers who will make this a memorable event and a great success.”
Principal Clark, South Middle School staff, MPD Officers, and State Troopers have been working hard organizing the event and recruiting community support from local sponsors. MPD Patrolman Joel Larson has stepped up to take the lead in his department’s efforts. “All of us at MPD are excited to get on the court and play against the State Police. Being in law enforcement creates a brotherhood between officers, but we all grew up always wanting to beat our brothers in any game we played! We all know each other and are good friends. We’ve played each other in pickup games before, but this will be a little more intense—and fun,” said Larson.
“The most important thing is that the game gives us a great opportunity to come together with the community and support a cause everyone can get behind. Almost every family knows someone who has fought cancer. So, here’s a chance to give back to those who have fought and to those who continue to fight,” Larson added.
West Virginia State Police Sergeant Mike Cole agrees that the game has an important meaning to the police. “It’s a great way to interact with the community, specifically our youth, in building positive relationships for the future. Most people only see us in uniform so this is a great opportunity to normalize how people see law enforcement. We’re members of the community too—fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, and friends. It’s a good way to give something back,” Sergeant Cole stated.
Three certified referees have volunteered their time for the game. Ryan Potts, Todd Lesser, and Austin Johnson have come forward to contribute their officiating skills and talents to the contest. WVSP Sergeant Jeff Chumley obtained gift cards from Buffalo Wild Wings that will be presented to the refs in appreciation for the generous giving of their time. Members of the Martinsburg business and professional community have also pitched in to help sponsor the event. MPD Patrolman Larson solicited generous donations from Arndt McBee Insurance Agency, Axiom Staffing, Bowles Rice LLP, and Walmart.