Saturday, December 10, 2011
The Clackamas County Shop with a Cop event will be on Saturday, December 10, 2011! This will be our 5th one! It is sponsored by the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation. The CCPOA put on the annual Cruzin' with the Cops and all money raised at that event is used for the Shop with a Cop. Enough was raised thisyear that we can host 105 kids - all from our own communities here in Clackamas County. We have 70 kids from the North Clackamas School District (mostly from the Overland Park area); 10 each from Canby, Molalla, and Estacada, and 5 from West Linn. Children are selected by the school counseling staffs and must be from families that are legitimately poor. The other criteria are that they have had some negative contact with law enforcement, such as a parent or sibling arrested. In those situations, they often hear bad words about police from those arrested. This event allows these kids a chance to know police officers first hand in a positive environment. Each child gets a $100 gift card and shops with an officer. Parents are not allowed to shop with the kids, as this detracts from the experience.
Police Officers, Deputies, and Troopers from all of Clackamas County are encouraged to come in uniform or if in civilian clothes, to wear a "raid" jacket or shirt that displays a police logo. CCSO members are eligible for Community Service credit (bring your form with you for signature). Retirees are encouraged to attend and help out with either shopping or the myriad of other things that are necessary to make this event a success. We will have a variety of CCPOA & CCPOBF t-shirts for those who need something to wear. Volunteers please come at 6:45 to help set up. The kids will be coming to shop in two “waves”. The first at 7:00 am and the second at 8:30 am. We hope to be done by 11:00 am! The Shop with a Cop will be at the Wal-Mart on SE 82nd Avenue behind Krispy Kreme (who donates donuts for the parents). All gifts will be wrapped before they leave the store courtesy of Wal-Mart and their employees.