SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — Law enforcement agencies throughout Summit and Wasatch counties participated in Shop With a Cop events on Saturday, December 10.
The Shop With a Cop program pairs local police officers and children together for a morning of holiday shopping and fun.
Spearheaded by the Park City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3, Shop With a Cop is funded by donations from local organizations and citizens. This year, the program’s largest donor was Berkshire-Hathaway.
Nominations for the program come from school resource officers, counselors and officers who may be involved firsthand in day to day situations and can see an obvious need for assistance,” said a statement from the Park City Police Department. “The program is currently set to provide Christmas for nearly 100 children this year. The program is designed to help those in need and build relationships with law enforcement through positive interactions.”
In Summit County, officers from Park City Police Department, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Kamas City Police Department, Utah Highway Patrol, Division of Wildlife Resources, and other surrounding agencies were able to bring a bit of holiday spirit to almost 100 children.
The day began at 7 a.m. with breakfast at the Peaks Hotel, then officers took the children to Walmart for holiday shopping with their lights and sirens on.
“Dozens of children throughout Summit County had their holiday wishes come true,” said the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.”This program wouldn’t be possible without the support of many generous donors, volunteers, and of course law enforcement officers. Thanks for making spirits bright!”
In Wasatch County, the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, Wasatch County Fire, and other agencies participated in Shop With a Cop.
The agencies took local children to breakfast at the Hub Cafe at 6:30 a.m., and then they were driven to Walmart by first responders for holiday shopping, and to meet Santa Claus.
“Funding from the program gives these children the opportunity to buy Christmas gifts for their immediate families,” said the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office. “We would like to thank all of the local businesses and sponsors who help make this event possible. We couldn’t do this without all of you.”