Shop with Cops is about building positive relationships between police officers and kids who are typically from disenfranchised communities; pairing them up with a police officer during the holiday season. The police officers, thanks to donations from the foundation, have the kids buy gifts for themselves and their families. This creates an unforgettable bonding experience with law enforcement and the communities they serve. Shop with Cops is celebrating its 20th year in operation. This years program looks a little different due to the worldwide pandemic. Families that were selected to participate this year created a wish list of items that are being shopped for by officers. The items are then being wrapped and will be delivered to the families by officers from the Saint Paul Police Department! After a very hard year for many Saint Paul residents, we are trying to help as many families have a happy holiday season. Every $250 raised goes towards gifts and essential items for each family this year.
The Shop with Cops Program is made possible by donation made by generous community members. If you would like to donate to the Shop with Cops Program and the Saint Paul Police Foundation, you can do so on our Donate Page. Thank you so much for your support of a program that makes such a huge impact in our Saint Paul Community!
Youth must be nominated by a school, a social service program or a youth serving agency. Those youth not meeting the criteria will be placed on a wait list and will be notified by November 15, 2021. Nominations for Shop With Cops is currently closed and will reopen on October 1st, 2021. Please check back then.
Shop with Cops hopes to break down the barriers between the community and the police with the intent of developing a better and more trusting relationship. What this program does is allow officers and some of these youth to interact in a positive and fun way. Shop with Cops fosters positive relationships between youth and officers.
NBC News featured Shop with Cops in their national spotlight - you can watch the program here.
“Officers are often called to help kids who are experiencing the worst moments of their lives. Shop with Cops gives them a chance to help kids in need without having to fix an immediate crisis. It also gives kids a chance to get to know the officer behind the badge. It’s a special event that’s as rewarding for our officers as it is for the kids.”
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