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Tue, Oct. 15

Shop with a Cop gets financial boost

Ruger Firearms employees Sherri Scoggins and Kristen Chellis presented Prescott Police Chief Mike Kabbel and Sgt. Georgia Davies with a check for $500 for the Shop with a Cop Program.

The Shop with a Cop program, which pairs a law enforcement officer with an at-risk child to contribute to their family's Christmas, gives children an opportunity to see officers in a non-threatening situation and fosters a positive relationship between them, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for Prescott police.

The event is made possible solely from donations from the Prescott's quad-city communities and businesses, Reinhardt said.

The 14th annual Shop with a Cop event will take place at the Walmart on Gail Gardner Way in Prescott on Saturday, Dec. 10.

After each child is introduced to an officer, who has volunteered their time to participate in the event, at Glassford Hill Middle School in Prescott Valley, they will drive in a lights and siren procession from the school at 7:30 a.m. to the Walmart on Gail Gardner Way where they will eat breakfast, and use a set amount of money to shop with an officer for gifts for themselves and their families, Davies said.

About 80 children will take part in the event. The children, ages 7 to 12 years old, are referred to this program by area schools, community members, area law enforcement officers, and organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, and Red Cross, Reinhardt said.

Many of these children come from less than ideal situations and use the money to buy needed items for family members, Reinhardt said.

If anyone is interested in making a donation to this event, please call Sgt. Georgia Davies at (928) 777-1962 or send the donation to The Prescott Police Department at 222 S. Marina St., Prescott, AZ 86303. Davies said people should make their checks payable to the City of Prescott and note that it is for Shop with a Cop.

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