LOGAN — Law enforcement officers are hoping to provide a Merry Christmas for 50 children during their annual “Shop with a Cop” event, Saturday December 13.
North Park Police Sgt. John Seamons is once again coordinating the event. He said deputies, officers and troopers hope to give each child a $100 gift card they can use to buy gifts for themselves and their families.
“We start the day off with having breakfast at the Golden Corral, which starts at 7 a.m. in the morning,” said Seamons. The children are assigned an officer who sits down and has breakfast with them.
“When breakfast if finished, the officer escorts the child in his patrol vehicle, typically in a procession with lights and sirens,” said Seamons. “When we reach Kmart we wait for Santa Claus to arrive.”
This year they are hoping to have Santa flown in on a helicopter, provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety.
Seamons said shopping with police and spending the morning together has a positive impact on the kids. All of the officers involved, donate their time and some of their own money to participate.
“It also shows the children that police officers are here to help them and not to intimidate or to scare them by any means,” said Seamons. “We want to make them feel like they can reach out to us and ask for help instead of being afraid of us and think of us as enforcers rather than someone who could actually help them when needed.”
Law enforcement also collect donations throughout the year for the event and this year, Seamons said they are about $2000 short. They are asking anyone who is willing, to make a financial donation.
“If we could get the public to help out with this it would be greatly appreciated,” said Seamons. “If they could write a check to North Logan City Offices and in the notes write ‘Shop with a Cop.'”
Donations can be dropped off at either the North Logan City Office Building or the North Park Police Department.
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