WASHINGTON COUNTY – Nothing screams “Merry Christmas” like law enforcement officers driving their vehicles with lights and sirens blazing early Saturday morning, marking an exciting day for many children in Washington County.
The sirens residents are hearing do not signify an emergency taking place but a morning full of Christmas cheer as eager kids get to go shopping with police officers. This is a rare occasion when officers will drive with their lights and sirens on in a nonemergency situation.
“Shop with a Cop” is an annual event sponsored by the Hurricane City Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George Police Department, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department and Washington City Police Department, giving Washington County children in need the opportunity to have a merry Christmas.
Last year, 100 children received breakfast and personal escorts in law enforcement vehicles to the Bloomington, Washington and Hurricane Wal-Marts, where they picked out the gifts they wanted for Christmas.
This year, 100 more children – chosen to participate through KONY Coins for Kids – will eat breakfast with police officers and then be paired with cops and given $150 to buy presents. Last year, many children did not buy gifts for themselves but used the money to buy gifts for their siblings instead.
“As Christmas rolls around each year, I am excited to take part in the ‘Shop with a Cop’ event,” Chief Jim Keith, of the Washington City Police Department, said. “This is an opportunity for me to make a difference personally and professionally in a child’s life. It is a priority in our department to have officers from our agency share in this experience each Christmas season.”
So, as residents hear sirens blaring this early Saturday morning, they should not be alarmed but should share in the thrill that “Shop with a Cop” will bring youth in the community.
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