Shop with a Cop is a program that pairs a law enforcement officer with an at-risk child to give the child an opportunity to see an officer in a non-threatening situation. This program fosters a positive relationship between the two, while also allowing the child to provide for and contribute to their family’s Christmas.
Many of these children come from less than ideal situations and are given an allotment of money to spend for needed items as well as gifts for family members and loved ones. This event is made possible solely from donations from quad-city citizens, organizations, and businesses.
The 18th Annual Shop with a Cop event will take place on Saturday December 12th, starting at the Prescott Valley Civic Center. Each child is introduced to an officer, who volunteers their time to participate in the event. The child and the officer will then take part in a lights and siren procession from Prescott Valley at approximately 7:30 a.m., and will travel down State Route 69 to the Wal-Mart on State Route 69 in Prescott.
Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at Wal-Mart with the help of our local fire department and emergency services teams. The group will then enjoy breakfast and spend the morning shopping together. Local mascots will be making surprise visits throughout the morning as well. In the past, we have been joined by Eddie Eagle, Deputy Do-Right, Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog.
As in years past, approximately 11 state and local law enforcement agencies will participate. At approximately 11:30 a.m., the children and officers will return to the Prescott Valley Civic Center, in another lights and siren procession where they will meet their parents/guardians.
Our hope is for approximately 90 children to participate in this year’s program. The children ages 7-12 years of age, are referred to this program by area schools, community members, and organizations including Child Protective Services, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, The American Red Cross, local school districts and area law enforcement and fire agencies.
Shop with a Cop has proven to be a very worthwhile program for the children, their families, the volunteers and our community. For information or to contribute to the program, please contact Lead Police Officer David Fuller at (928)777-1915.