Police, students, bond under Shop With A Cop

Published Dec 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

It’s always nice to see the spirit of Christmas — and cooperation — that is generated by the annual Shop With A Cop program.

Last week, some 50 youngsters from the Camden School District at all grade levels were matched with area law enforcement members to shop at Sangertown Mall in New Hartford.

This is the 13th year of the program, and it was wonderful to see the round of applause that the police officials gave the students as they arrived at the Target store. The smiles on the kids’ faces were terrific too.

The program is aimed to promote positive interactions between police officers and children in the community. Some of the youngsters and their families may have had unhappy encounters with police in the past, so this program provides a way to show the children that the police should be their friends.

Officers say the mall experience is a new one for many of the youngsters, but they often don’t buy just for themselves. They purchase items for the families, pets and even local charities. Funding comes from individuals, businesses, school administrators, teachers and police unions.

Many benefit from Shop With A Cop. It’s a great idea.