Officers with Magnolia State Peace Officers Association, Natchitoches Police Department, and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office teamed up for their annual Shop with a Cop event Dec. 16.
Shop with a Cop provides a fun filled experience for a number of children in need throughout Natchitoches Parish while creating positive relationships with law enforcement. The participating children are identified by schools, churches and social services agencies.
Uniformed Officers from The Natchitoches Police Department and Deputies from The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office met the children at NPD and then headed to Wal-Mart, located at 925 Keyser Avenue, where the children were paired up with a “cop partner” to shop with. The officers and deputies volunteer their time to shop with the children. Each child gets a pre determined amount of money to spend on whatever they wish. They are encouraged to purchase items for themselves as well as items for their siblings. It is an enjoyable experience for the children and also for the “cops”.
Natchitoches Police Department and Natchitoches Paris Sheriff’s Office have participated in Shop with a cop since 2001.