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‘Shop with a Cop’ Starts at 6 a.m. Saturday

Officers to treat kids to breakfast, lights-and-sirens convoy, holiday shopping

Full house Shop With A Cop 2012
Full house at Little America as kids and cops get ready
for “Shop With A Cop” last year.
(Source: SLCPD, 12/8/12)

SLCPD Officer Moronae Lealaogata checks list twice -- 2012
SLCPD Officer Moronae Lealaogata checks list twice
at “Shop With A Cop” wrapping station.
(Source: SLCPD, 12/8/12)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank, fellow officers and civilian employees will join with other members of law enforcement for “Shop With A Cop” Saturday morning, December 14.

For more than 20 years, the Salt Lake Police Association has taken the lead in organizing the annual holiday tradition for law enforcement across the Salt Lake Valley. This year, officers from nearly a dozen agencies will volunteer their time to help as many as 100 children do their Christmas shopping.

The event starts at 6 a.m. at Little America, where children are paired with a police officer. Together the dynamic duos eat breakfast, convoy in police vehicles to Kmart — where Santa will arrive by Utah Highway Patrol helicopter — and then shop for Christmas gifts for the children and their families.

Reporters are invited to join the fun at any point between 6 and 10 a.m. Saturday.

WHO: 100 children from Whittier, Magna, Granger and Washington Elementary Schools; Santa; SLCPD Police Chief Chris Burbank; Salt Lake Police Association; officers from Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Sandy, West Valley, West Jordan, South Jordan, Draper, Murray, Utah Highway Patrol, Utah Transit Authority.
WHAT: 23rd Annual Shop With A Cop
WHEN: 6-10 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013*
6:00 a.m.: officers paired with children; breakfast at Little America
6:45 a.m.: convoy to Kmart begins
7:45 a.m.: Santa’s chopper lands at Kmart
8-10 a.m.: shopping and wrapping of gifts
* times are rough estimates as event moves between locations
WHERE: Little America, 500 S. Main St., Salt Lake City
Kmart, 1442 W. 9000 S., West Jordan
VISUALS: Officers meeting kids and eating breakfast with them at Little America
Convoy shaping up 500 South just north of Little America
Convoy en route to Kmart in West Jordan
Convoy arriving at Kmart
Santa arriving by UHP helicopter at Kmart (approximately 8 a.m.)
Officers and kids shopping for gifts, getting gifts wrapped
Kids talking with Santa
CONTACT: Day-of: Lara Jones, (801) 799-3340, or Twitter, @slcpd

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