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NLRPD’s Eighth Annual “Shop With a Cop” to Benefit Local Families

In December, the North Little Rock Police Department is hosting the Eighth Annual “Shop with a Cop” at Wal Mart Supercenter,4450 East McCain.

Phase One of this year’s “Shop with a Cop” included 50 children from 21 North Little Rock families, according to Sgt. Brian Dedrick, public information officer for the police department.

The selected children had the opportunity to “Shop with a Cop.”

“Each child will receive a $200 Wal Mart gift card and the children were assigned to a police officer,” Dedrick said.

Officers are escorting the children through Wal Mart helping them select gifts for their family members as well as themselves.

After the gifts are selected, the officers escort the children to an area of Wal Mart where volunteers are waiting to wrap the selected gifts.

The next phase of “Shop with a Cop” takes place on Sunday, Dec. 15.

“All of the families chosen for this year’s ‘Shop with a Cop’ are from working, single parent households,” Dedrick said. “The North Little Rock Police Department “Shop with a Cop” program was able to assist 12 children in 2006, 25 children in 2007, 63 children in 2008 and because of the incredible support of our community, we will be able to provide assistance to over 100 children for the second year in a row.”

Sponsors of this year’s event include Wal Mart, Old Chicago Pizza, and John and Angelica Rogers, Candlewood Suites, Pinnacle Pointe Hospital and Red Door Gallery. Volunteers who will assist in gift wrapping are from Centennial Bank, Junior League of North Little Rock, and Park Hill Baptist Church.

“The North Little Rock Police Department believes this is another opportunity to not only give back to the community we serve, but to build special relationships with the children involved in this program by spending quality time ‘shopping’ with them,” he said. “Programs like “Shop with a Cop” build trust with the children who participate in this event as well as the community we serve on a day to day basis.”

Dedrick added officers from various ranks and divisions from the department are volunteering their time to make a difference in the lives of the children in the city. Anyone having questions or needing more information please contact Dedrick at 501-771-7109 or Officer Tommy Norman at 501-366-4330.

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