An­nual Cop Shop gives of­fi­cers, stu­dents the hol­i­day spirit

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The fourth an­nual Yar­mouth RCMP Cop Shop took place on Tues­day, Dec. 11. Each year, 10 ele­men­tary-age stu­dents get to have lunch with lo­cal RCMP of­fi­cers, go shop­ping for Christ­mas gifts for their fam­i­lies and re­ceive help from the of­fi­cers wrap­ping the presents. The stu­dents were se­lected by the staff of Yar­mouth Cen­tral School as be­ing de­serv­ing of this event and for mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the school.

The day started with the of­fi­cers driv­ing the stu­dents in po­lice ve­hi­cles from the school to a do­nated lunch at Wendy’s. While they en­joyed get­ting to know each other over lunch, the of­fi­cers helped the stu­dents plan their shop­ping strate­gies and dis­cussed who the stu­dents would be buy­ing gifts for this Christ­mas. The next stop was Dol­larama. Man­ager Michele Dueck pro­vided each stu­dent with a $25 gift card do­nated by the store. Each stu­dent was also pro­vided with an­other $25 do­nated by lo­cal lawyer Phil Star. With that, the stu­dents be­gan their Christ­mas shop­ping with the help of the of­fi­cers. Lists were checked and de­ci­sions made.

With the gifts for their fam­ily mem­bers pur­chased, the group re­turned to the school, where the of­fi­cers helped the stu­dents wrap their gifts. With the fi­nal place­ment of bows and name tags, it was al­most the end of Cop Shop 2018. All that was left to do now was for the stu­dents to thank their new friends the of­fi­cers for help­ing to make this a spe­cial day they will al­ways re­mem­ber.


Cop Shop group photo with Bertha Rodger­son of Wendy’s.


Felic­ity and Bryson, with their RCMP part­ner Const. Lorde, take a mo­ment to show some of the gifts that they have se­lected for their fam­ily mem­bers this Christ­mas.

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