Shop with a Cop

Sergeant Ron Arlint poses with Tonya Gonzales and Santa at last year’s Shop with a Cop event.

The Trinidad Police Department is holding its fifth annual Shop with a Cop event, which pairs local children and law enforcement for a day of holiday fun, on Saturday, December 15.

To date, the Trinidad Police Department Shop with a Cop event has assisted over 200 children from our community in making their holiday season a little brighter. This year is expected to be the largest Shop with a Cop event to date with over 100 area children expected to participate.

The program is seeking donations ahead of the Dec. 15 date. “Each year we try to make this event bigger from the years past … We would like to continue to make this program successful and we can only do that with the assistance of our generous community members,” said organizer Detective Sergeant Jennifer Lay.

The event begins Saturday morning at the Trinidad Police Department where a procession of police cars will escort participating children and the Trinidad Trolley to the Trinidad State Junior College Sullivan Center for breakfast with first responders.

“If you see a line of police cars escorting the Trinidad Trolley in the morning please wave at the kiddos inside!”  said Lay.

At Trinidad State the children will get meet Santa and have their photo taken with Santa and their officer buddy. After breakfast, another procession will head to Wal-Mart where over 100 children from Trinidad and the surrounding areas will be given a Wal-Mart gift card to spend as they wish. Like in years past, many kids buy gifts for their family members or other essential items. During this event Wal-Mart employees, TPD Explorers, and Citizen Academy volunteers help wrap the presents for the children.

If you would like to donate to the program, or would like more information, please contact Detective Sergeant Jennifer Lay at the Trinidad Police Department at 719-846-2993 ext. 205 or by email: jennifer.lay@trinidad.co.gov

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