Shop with a Cop a celebration of community giving

GROUP EFFORT—Rockford Police officers, their family and friends, volunteers, service organizations and students (and Santa!) make Shop with a Cop a success for all each year.

‘It was something that meant a lot to me’ by BETH ALTENA When Maria Arel was in fifth grade she was one of the kids looking at winter coats, mittens and boots with a Rockford police officer and a helper by her side. Today she is a high school senior, a member of a new […]

Rockford officers brighten the holidays for kids

SHOPPING WITH HEROES—Someone trademarked Shop With a Cop, so this annual outing needs a new name (Shop With Our Cops?). Rockford Police took youngsters on a special shopping spree at the Rockford Meijer Sunday, December 6. After filling carts with necessities such as socks and mittens, children were able to pick out a toy of their choice.

“Especially with the officers in uniform, the kids can sometimes be a little afraid of their officer,” she said. In addition to helping a family which may be struggling financially this year, building public relations is part of the purpose. “We hope the children remember this positive experience with a police officer,” said police volunteer […]