Still months away, local law enforcement is looking to get a jump on fundraising for the annual Shop With A Cop event.
Emerson Police Chief Stan Bradley, whose agency has taken the lead in previous events, said area agencies would meet this morning to begin firming up plans for an expanded shopping day this year.
Held in December, Shop With A Cop provides a breakfast — complete with Santa — to needy children and their families. That is followed by a shopping excursion where each child is paired with a member of law enforcement.
In 2011, 88 children received $150, with $100 to be spent on clothing and the remainder to be spent at the child’s discretion.
For 2012 law enforcement has expanded the program to cover all of Bartow County.
Bradley said a number of children from each elementary school in both school systems would be selected, although the number has not been determined.
“We are really going to have to play it by ear,” he said, adding that the number of children from each school would depend on the total amount raised before the event.
Shop With A Cop raised more than $13,000 in 2011 and carried over “several thousand dollars” for 2012. That total was up from the 2010 event by about $1,000.
The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that, beginning this weekend, deputies would be accepting donations for Shop With A Cop at the Cartersville Walmart location. Walmart will be the retailer visited during the December event.
Donations may be made to the deputies at Walmart on Fridays and Saturdays in September and October between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and at the BCSO or Emerson Police Department during normal business hours. Checks should be made out to Bartow County Shop With A Cop. Bradley said a fund would be established with a local bank for future donations.