Shop With a Cop brings community together

Doris Richards
December 11, 2017

The program helps to foster positive community relations between Law Enforcement and Elementary school children.

Police exchanged their patrol cars for shopping carts as they took about 30 needy children Christmas shopping at the Butte Kmart as part of the Shop with a Cop program.

The 23rd annual Shop with a Cop event was held at Shopko stores in the Green Bay area. Funeral Home of Batavia & Bergen raised additional funds so another 20 children could participate.

Kids got to shop for presents for their family members and them wrap them up for Christmas.


People can also help needy children by going to Kmart and selecting a family from the Giving Tree on display at the store.

About 35 officers from the Idaho Falls Police Department, Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, Iona Police Department and Idaho Department of Fish and Game spent the early morning hours with the children. The kids and cops then headed to the Walmart in Greenfield. "We give back to the community and we fundraise all year. We hope to continue to grow and keep other agencies involved". "We're all here, having a great time and making this a great experience for these kids".

The gift-wrapping was usually done by volunteers and alumni of SPD's Citizen's Academy, but this year saw that expand with two sororities wrapping gifts for the kids after they finished shopping.

"It's really cool, especially with our sisters, we get to come out into the community and help families and help these kids", said Taryn Blackstock, a member of Kappa Delta.

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