Shop With a Cop Builds Positive Relationships Between Law Enforcement and Youth
The Peninsula Rotary Club is pleased to announce their partnership with law enforcement serving Pacific County, Dennis Company Stores, the Lost Roo, Bank of the Pacific, and BJ’s Pet Projects for “Shop With a Cop”.
Held the first Saturday in December, the purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Elementary school students are selected each year by principals in Ocean Beach and Naselle School Districts. These students are given the opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for themselves and their family members and to spend quality time with law enforcement officers “up close and personal” in a positive and non-confrontational environment. The effects of the program are multi-faceted with the key benefit being the development of better and more trusting relationships between law enforcement and the community.
Co-Chairs Jamie Meling and Jackie Ferrier are excited to announce that sixteen officers from Long Beach Police Department, Pacific County Sheriff’s Department, US Fish & Wildlife Service (Willapa National Wildlife Refuge), Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Washington State Parks and Washington State Patrol donated their time to make the 2014 event a success. Shop with a Cop in south Pacific County has nearly doubled the number of students the program serves in three years, with seventeen students participating this year.
The Lost Roo provided breakfast and a venue for kids and cops to get to know one another. Robert Waltemate and Robbie Siefert, from the USCG Station Cape Disappointment Auxiliary, provided our friends from the North Pole this year. The kids have their photo taken with Santa & Mrs. Claus and with their cop buddy, by USCG Auxillary leader Lee LaFollette. Lee’s elf and wife, Rotarian Janice Weston-LaFollette, prints the photos for each child to take with them.
After a hearty breakfast the kids got an exciting ride in an official vehicle, complete with sirens and lights, as they head to Dennis Company to shop. Each is given a $100 gift card, provided by Dennis Company and the Peninsula Rotary Club. Officers help the students select gifts for family members and it usually takes some encouragement to get them to buy something for themselves. Volunteers awaited the duos after checkout, where gifts are wrapped and adorned with bows while officers help children write out gift tags. Dennis Company generously provides all the wrapping materials. Santa had one last surprise for each of the kids holiday stockings thanks to Bank of the Pacific and gifts for each of their siblings from Rotary.
For questions about the program, or if you wish to assist financially, please contact:
Keleigh Schwartz (financial contributions, sponsorship): 360-642-4431 or email@example.com
Jackie Ferrier (liaison to Fish & Wildlife, venue, volunteers): 360-484-3482
Jamie Meling (liaison to schools & law enforcement): 360-642-4002
For Shop with a Cop in North Pacific County, contact
Michelle Layman (Twin Harbors Leos): 360-942-5580 or firstname.lastname@example.org