Cam­bridge po­lice host Shop With A Cop

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Chil­dren in Cam­bridge had the op­por­tu­nity to Shop with a Cop on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 21, and Thurs­day, Dec. 22, at the Cam­bridge Wal­mart.

Cam­bridge Po­lice De­part­ment co­or­di­nated the Shop with a Cop pro­gram, with the help of lo­cal busi­ness spon­sors, to give 30 kids a spe­cial Christ­mas this year.

Busi­ness spon­sors that do­nated in­cluded Dorch­ester County Care and Share, Wal­mart, Chop­tank Elec­tric and C&W Con­trac­tors.

The chil­dren were cho­sen by the guid­ance coun­selors at each of the ele­men­tary schools in the city. They were picked up at home, and given a po­lice es­cort to the store. The of­fi­cers

even played hol­i­day songs as they drove through town.

“This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for us to get to­gether and show our sup­port for chil­dren in the com­mu­nity,” said Sgt. An­toine Pat­ton. “We had a lot of peo­ple who do­nated to the po­lice de­part­ment so we could make this hap­pen. It’s won­der­ful that we get a chance to in­ter­act with the chil­dren dif­fer­ently, be­cause they nor­mally see us in a neg­a­tive way. To­day, we’re Santa Claus.”

At Wal­mart, each child was paired with an of­fi­cer and given a gift card worth $50 to spend. They roamed the aisles for their per­fect gift — dolls, toy trucks, NERF guns, “Star Wars” lightsabers and more.

Shop with a Cop is a na­tion­wide pro­gram sup­ported by many law en­force­ment de­part­ments. This is the first year Cam­bridge has par­tic­i­pated.

Pat­ton said this pro­gram has en­cour­aged more of­fi­cers to get on board with the com­mu­nity polic­ing ini­tia­tive.

Chil­dren and of­fi­cers alike en­joyed the out­ing, and CPD hopes to do it again next year with the help of the com­mu­nity.

PHO­TOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

A Cam­bridge po­lice of­fi­cers helps a young­ster find Christ­mas presents at the Cam­bridge Wal­mart dur­ing the Shop With A Cop event on Thurs­day, Dec. 22.

The trucks would have to wait un­til he got home, but he couldn’t wait to play with his NERF toy.

Of­fi­cers and the Thurs­day night group of kids posed be­fore tak­ing to the aisles search­ing for gifts.

Lieu­tenant Justin Todd and this young lady smiled for the cam­era at Shop with A Cop.

PHO­TOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

This child made a bee­line for the video games de­part­ment with De­tec­tive Ja­son Dick­er­son.

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