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Police Activities League of Southwest Washington hosts Shop with a Cop

The Columbian
Published: December 30, 2023, 5:57am

EAST VANCOUVER — On Dec. 2, the Police Activities League of Southwest Washington hosted the “Southwest Regional Shop with a Cop” event at the east Vancouver Target. This event provided about 100 youths with the opportunity to shop with local law enforcement and take wrapped gifts of their choosing home. All youth were pre-selected in advance of the event from the Evergreen and Vancouver school districts, and other youth-serving organizations. This program aims to provide youth with an opportunity to shop without the stress of financial hardships. Youth are paired with a law enforcement officer and allotted $125 to spend on whatever they wish to purchase. Some youth choose to purchase necessities, such as shampoo, conditioner, underwear and socks; gifts for other family members; or new toys and clothing. As they shop throughout the store together, youth are given an opportunity to experience positive interactions with law enforcement partners. This year’s event included representation from the Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol. Other volunteers who supported this event include Kings Way Christian School leadership students, Bowflex Inc., Street Parking and the Vancouver Police Department Neighbors on Watch.