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MPD in the Holiday Spirit with Shop with a Cop Shopping Spree

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MPD in the Holiday Spirit with Shop with a Cop Shopping Spree

Youth shopped one on one with a MPD officer.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced the second Shop with a Cop holiday spree which occurred on Tuesday, December 22, 2009.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

With a generous donation through the DC Police Foundation, 170 children ranging in age from five to seventeen, partnered with a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer for a one-on-one shopping spree at Target.

The DC Police Foundation’s donation of $17,000 allowed each child to spend $100 each to choose their favorite gifts for the holiday season.

The youth were identified by MPD officers who have the most interaction with area youth – School Resource Officers, Public Service Area Officers, Officers at the Boys and Girls Club, staff from the Victim Services Branch and Community Outreach staff .  The youth were chosen because they are considered at risk youth or are young people who have made significant contributions to their communities.

“Nothing warms the heart more than making a single child smile,” said Chief Lanier.  “This year, Target and the DC Police Foundation have graciously made it possible once again to make the holidays brighter for dozens of the District’s young people and their families.”

“Shop with a Cop is a wonderful way for kids to get to know police officers as adults who care about them. And it’s a delight to see the faces of the children as they shop. We are very pleased to support this great program again this year.” said Lois Frankel, Executive Director of the DC Police Foundation.

“At Target, we are passionate about the importance of public/private partnerships, and we often share our resources and expertise with law enforcement to help build safe and secure communities,” said Erika Svingen, Target spokeswoman. “This holiday season, we are proud to host Shop with a Cop events, which foster strong relationships between youth and officers.”

The Shop with a Cop holiday spree took place at Target at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>3100 14th Street NW at 10 am and ended around noon.