Kids go Shop With a Cop



Hudson’s Bay — Clark County law enforcement officers gave kids in need the chance to Shop With a Cop on Dec. 8. This was the 20th year the Vancouver Police Department and the Vancouver Police Officers Guild have hosted their version of the charitable event, a partnership with the state Department of Social and Health Services and discount retailer Target. This year, officers in uniform took 35 children referred from DSHS shopping for Christmas gifts. The police guild funded the shopping spree, and the Vancouver Plaza Drive Target store opened its doors outside of normal business hours for the event. Volunteers from Union, Ridgefield and Mountain View high schools also lent a hand. “The goal is to make the holiday season a little brighter for these children and their families, and to give the kids an opportunity to interact in a positive way with the officers,” according to a Vancouver Police press release. On the same day, the Woodland Police Department hosted its second year of Shop With a Cop at the city’s Walmart store, where 56 kids went shopping for gifts with not only Woodland law enforcement representatives, but officers from Ridgefield, La Center and Kalama.