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Police Department News - 2019

Posted on: December 12, 2019

ACCPD Hosts 5th Annual Shop with a Cop

This Saturday, 100 Athens-Clarke County children will shop for presents for their families at ACCPD’s 5th annual Shop with a Cop program.

The elementary and middle-school children were selected by Clarke County School District advisors and ACCPD’s School Resource Officers. With a generous donation from the Athens Police Foundation, each child can spend up to $130 on gifts for their family. “Our donors recognize the importance of this annual event and the Foundation is pleased to provide funding for 100 children to participate in Shop with a Cop,” said Joel Gregory, President of the Foundation. “We are happy to be able to help provide an opportunity for children and officers to interact during this special time of year.”

Other sponsors include Chick-Fil-A, The Classic Center, First American Bank and Trust, Athens Transit, and our shopping host, the Walmart Supercenter on Lexington Road.

The fun begins at 8:00am at the Classic Center when the children are dropped off, paired with a law enforcement officer or employee, and enjoy a quick breakfast while getting acquainted. The entire group will then be transported via bus to the Walmart to shop. After making their purchases, the children go back to the Classic Center for help wrapping their presents.

Law enforcement agencies from Athens-Clarke County participating in this year’s program include Athens-Clarke County Police, Athens-Clarke Sheriff Deputies, Athens Probation Department, and the University of Georgia Police Department.

“We are so grateful for the officers, employees and volunteers, along with our sponsors, who help spread holiday cheer at this Shop with a Cop program,” said Lt. Al Radford who leads ACCPD’s Community Oriented Policing Unit “This event really gives us a connection to the community through it’s youngest members. We all have a wonderful time.”

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