There were smiles all around as 50 local students spent the day shopping with DRPS officers at the Pickering Town Centre. The event was part of the 12th Annual Cop Shop initiative taking place at shopping malls across the country.
It partners young people with officers as they get to know each other while shopping for holiday gifts for themselves and their families. This year the Pickering Town Centre generously provided each child with a $200 gift card from the mall.
Following a pizza lunch donated by East Side Mario's in the mall, the kids spent the afternoon hunting for the perfect gift alongside their police partners. After a day of fun filled shopping, the kids had their gifts all wrapped up.
Chief Paul Martin, Deputy Chief Chris Fernandes and several police leaders were on hand to thank the Pickering Town Centre, East Side Mario's and all the officers who volunteered their time to act as "personal shoppers" for the kids.
The Cop Shop event was started several years ago by the Halifax Shopping Centre and ran at the same time in Halifax, Pickering, Winnipeg and Calgary. Since then the event has expanded to 11 malls across Canada. Hundreds of children participate in the Cop Shop event each year.
Thanks to everyone from DRPS, including organizer Cst. Robin Roychoudhury, the Pickering Town Centre and East Side Mario's who worked hard to once again make this event a huge success.
This truck is perfect! (JPG file, 331.5K bytes)
Fueling up on pizza at East Side Marios (JPG file, 281.3K bytes)
Officers and their shopping partners (JPG file, 249.5K bytes)
Let the shopping begin! (JPG file, 243.9K bytes)
Time to hit the shops (JPG file, 522.5K bytes)
Lego is always a hit (JPG file, 399.1K bytes)
Thanks to all the staff at the Pickering Town Centre & East Side Marios (JPG file, 262.4K bytes)
Group shot outside the castle (JPG file, 332.8K bytes)