Most Wanted Lists Take A Festive Turn In 'Shop With A Cop' Program

Matt Bigler
December 04, 2018 - 8:56 pm

SAN JOSE — About 150 children from low-income families in San Jose are getting their holiday shopping done early this year, thanks to officers from local police departments.

The kids, armed with long shopping lists, stormed a Target on Tuesday with their special police escorts.

The annual "Shop with a Cop" program provides each child with a little more than $150, some of it donated from the police who participate.

Alexis, 11, and his partner, Campbell Police Capt. Garry Burr, were on the lookout for a soccer goal and an electric scooter. 

The event helps build bridges between officers and the neighborhoods that they patrol, said San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia. 

"Being out here and shopping with these kids, and letting them see that we're just normal human beings like their parents are and they are," Garcia said about what makes the program a success. "The reality of it is, and we've said it many times, the very first time someone meets a police officer…cannot be in a moment of crisis."

Donors can support Shop with a Cop, now in its 11th year, at this website