LONG BEACH — The annual “Shop With A Cop” event is set for this Saturday, Dec. 2.
“Area law enforcement will be meeting with area children for breakfast and some Christmas shopping,” Long Beach Police Chief Flint Wright said. “Part of this event is the kids riding in the law enforcement vehicles and a mini parade being held with Santa in the lead patrol car. The route goes from The Lost Roo, down Sid Snyder, through downtown and down Bolstad. It ends at Dennis Company. During this parade the lights and sirens will be going strong.”
Wright said if you hear a lot of sirens Saturday, “don’t shout and don’t pout and for sure don’t freak out. It’s just some kids and Santa having a good time.”
The “Shop with a Cop” program is designed to foster positive relationships between youth and law enforcement officers, according to Peninsula Rotary Club, which partners in sponsoring the event. “Held annually the first Saturday in December, our Rotary Club welcomes the participation of local law enforcement, Dennis Company, Bank of the Pacific, bjspetprojects.com, and the Lost Roo Restaurant and Bar for its ‘Shop with a Cop’ program.”
Elementary school students are selected each year by principals in Ocean Beach and Naselle School Districts. The event is by invitation only. These students are given the opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for themselves and their family members and to spend quality time with law enforcement officers “up close and personal” in a positive and non-confrontational environment.
“The effects of the program are multi-faceted, with the key benefit being the development of better and more trusting relationships between law enforcement and the community,” the Rotary Club said.
For more information, see www.facebook.com/events/;538603583160316.