Volunteer police officers took on the role of ‘personal shopper’ for an afternoon with local students on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
The ‘CopShop’ event saw Durham Regional Police pair up with 25 students from the Ajax and Pickering area to enjoy lunch and a shopping spree. Chief Mike Ewles welcomed participants, who were then presented with a $200 gift card from the Pickering Town Centre to complete their Christmas shopping and a pizza lunch sponsored by East Side Mario’s. Even Santa was on hand and presented each child with a stocking filled with goodies from mall retailers.
“CopShop is a great way for officers to build relationships with young students in our community and help them to see police officers in a positive light,” said Cst. Dave Morton, who helped organize the event. “This is our third year participating in the program, and it’s so great to see all the young, happy faces.”
The children chosen to participate in CopShop are selected by local school boards based on need, achievement or volunteerism. Many of the children used the opportunity to give back to their community by purchasing gifts for needy families, their schools or members of their family.
The CopShop program originated in Halifax in 2005, and has since spread to shopping centres across the nation. Approximately 350 children across Canada participated this year.
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Cst. Dave Morton and Brandon enjoying a pizza lunch at East Side Mario's (JPG file, 87.4K bytes)
Santa and Chief Ewles in festive spirits (JPG file, 207.7K bytes)