December 16, 2006
Christmas came early Saturday for ten local children who were hand selected by officers or their school officials to take part in the Shop with a Cop program. Police picked the kids up from their homes and took them to K-Mart, where they were given a $160 allowance.
“Everyone filled their baskets and it was like a big sled and it was a fun time,” said Joe Brown, Master Police Officer.
The program is part of the cops and kids fund. Local business and the Charlottesville Police Officers Association help fund this event, but officers say it’s more than just shopping for gifts. To them it’s making a difference at a young age.
“Building those long term positive relationships with children is our biggest goal. So through the children and their parents, business owners and various entities of the city we build those relationships,” Brown added.
Officer Brown also said to build lasting relationships helps everyone in the city of Charlottesville, because it directly affects the four tenants of community policing.
“Arresting problems and offenders, reducing crime and the fear of crime solving ongoing problems and improving the quality of life for people that live, work and visit the city of Charlottesville,” said Brown.
If more money is donated next year the department is looking into expanding the program.