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Roseville Kids to Go Holiday Shopping with Police

The police department's monthly "Shop with a Cop" program benefits deserving Roseville youth.

Each month, the Roseville Police Department takes local kids on shopping trips around town, and the December trip is going to have some special holiday cheer.

Here are more details on the Dec. 15 shopping trip, courtesy of a Roseville Police Department press release:

Pulling out all the stops for December’s Shop with a Cop!  

Our monthly Shop with a Cop trips are always fun, but December’s Shop with a Cop December event is going to be huge!  We’re taking more than fifty deserving local students shopping for school clothes and holiday gifts for their families.  We partnered with our neighboring law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the Placer County Probation Department, and the Rocklin, Lincoln Police and Auburn Police Departments to select some great kids for this special event.  Local students from kindergarten through high school have been nominated by their schools, their school resource officers, their probation officers and others for doing well in school, overcoming challenges, significant acts of service or other accomplishments, and financial need.

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The kids will ride to Target in style in fully lit-up squad cars, Humvees and other specialty law enforcement vehicles.  

Once we get to Target, the team will take the kids shopping for school clothes, holiday gifts for their families and a present or two for themselves.  Target has some gifts for their parents too, and will host the families in a hospitality room while the kids shop.  Target has gift-wrappers lined up so that the kids can have their gifts for their families wrapped before they leave for home.

Here are just a couple of the stories coming out of the December Shop with a Cop event:

  • A local high school teacher nominated one of her students to Shop with a Cop, and wrote that he desperately needed glasses to improve his school performance, but his family couldn’t afford them.  The Shop with a Cop Team asked around and found a generous local optometrist who agreed to give the boy a free eye exam and eyeglasses at no cost to the family. 
  • A Roseville Police Department Records Clerk is bringing her seven-year-old daughter Alexis along to December’s Shop with a Cop Event.   Alexis came to her mom with money that she had been saving throughout the year, and said that she wanted to use her money to buy a Shop with a Cop recipient a toy for the holidays.  Alexis will be there to see her wish fulfilled.

The following day, Dec. 16, the police department will hold a dinner and silent auction to help fund the program. Here are more details on that event, from another department press release:

Shop with a Cop Dinner and Silent Auction

Roseville Police Department’s Shop with a Cop team invites the community to a fun evening of food, surprise celebrity guests and a great silent auction. The dinner kicks off at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 16, at William Jessup University, 333 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin (arrive at 4 p.m. for a tour of the campus).  You can meet the Shop with a Cop Team, some of the local Placer County families participating in December’s Shop with a Cop event, and surprise local celebrity guests.*  Tickets are $30 a person for a delicious buffet dinner, and must be purchased in advance by Friday, December 14, by calling Sgt. Darren Kato at (916) 871-3043.  Proceeds from the evening will benefit local kids who are selected to shop with a cop.

Every month the Shop with a Cop team takes deserving local kids shopping for school clothes and other necessities.  Students from kindergarten through high school are nominated by their teachers, families or other community members based on their grades, school behavior, acts of kindness and service to others, and other praise-worthy achievements.  Financial need is also considered. 

Shop with a Cop is sponsored by Target, the Tommy Apostolos Fund, the Roseville Police Activities League, and donations from other generous businesses, organizations and individuals.

*(Last year’s guests included professional baseball players with local ties, and a very fun local TV actor….)

Click here for a video from a 2011 Shop with a Cop event.

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