Duluth Kids Shop With a Cop
Each Child is Given 250 Dollars to Shop With
Police officers raise money throughout the year, so that kids from families that could use a little extra help this holiday season can get presents for themselves, and even some of their family members.
“Tonight we’re going to take 12 children shopping, we give them a gift card, and we pair them up one on one with an officer to buy Christmas presents,” said Brian Jones a patrol officer with the Duluth Police Department.
“We each get 250 dollars to spend,” said Kaitlyn Halverson, a teenager participating in the program.
The kids and officers walked through the aisles of target to pick out their perfect gift for this holiday season.
It’s a tradition that has been going on for years, but it’s not just the kids that benefit.
Police officers have the chance to have personal time with the kids, and interact with the community that they serve
“We’re people that live and work in the community and sometimes we have to take law enforcement action, maybe sometimes it’s been a member of their family, but we also want them to understand we’re people in the community just like they are,” said Jones.