'Shop with a Cop' event gives children in a shelter a chance to Christmas shop with police

BATH, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Law enforcement took children Christmas shopping on Thursday as part of an annual event. 

The Steuben County Sheriff's office calls the day 'Shop with a Cop' and the agency has been holding for the last three years.

With the help of Arbor Housing and development, children from a local shelter who have a bleak outlook on Christmas due to their domestic violence circumstances were taken out for the day for lunch and shopping at Kmart to choose gifts for themselves and their siblings.

They brought the gifts back to the sheriff's office to gift wrap. 

The event helps the children build a relationship with police.

"A lot of these children, the only time they see law enforcement is in a moment of crisis. Now, they get to see us where we're having fun and we're interacting in a very, very positive light and I think that it's important for them to see that we're here to help them."

Four agencies in total teamed up to make the day happen: Steuben County Sheriff's office, New York State Police, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police, and the Bath Police Department.

The agencies do their own fundraising to have the money to shop with the children.


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