The Orange Police Department is teaming up with The Reach Foundation Wednesday, Dec. 10, for its second annual Shop With A Cop event.
Shop With A Cop is a one-on-one experience designed to have uniformed officers spend a day with underprivileged children in the community while socializing, shopping, and providing guidance during the holiday season.
According to the Reach Foundation website, “The children will shop for their family as well as a children’s organization from the community where the police officer serves. This unique shopping experience for the children is an opportunity that deters them for choosing a life of crime or violence. The participating children are identified by schools, youth organizations, and social services agencies.”
Police Chief Robert Gagne announced the department’s participation during Monday’s Police Commission meeting, stating that 5 police officers were volunteering their time to this worthwhile cause.
The officers will meet the kids at Bear and Grill, have dinner and get to know one another. After spending time together, the children participate in a law enforcement procession with flashing lights and sirens to the Milford Target store at the Westfield Post Mall. At the store, the police officers help the children shop for themselves, their family, as well as a child from the community where the police officer serves.
This is the first time that the Orange PD is involved in this event and it could possibly become a tradition for the officers.
Funding for the dinner and shopping comes from donations made to the Reach Foundation.