Law enforcement agencies from around Placer County joined the Roseville Police Department Saturday morning for a special “Shop with a Cop” December event, which saw more than 50 students get to shop alongside peace officers for school clothes and holiday gifts for their family.
Students participating in “Shop with a Cop” were nominated for taking major strides in their school environments and overcoming challenges in their lives. Saturday’s convoy, which included patrol vehicles from Roseville, Rocklin, Auburn, Placer County and the California Highway Patrol, escorted the nominated students with lights flashing from the Roseville Police Activities League on Corporation Yard Road to the Target on Fairway Drive. Once there, officers, deputies and probation officers helped students get into the holiday spirit. Target employees were also on hand to do gift-wrapping for any presents the students bought for their family members.
The Roseville Police Department recently offered some examples of the type of encouragement and support the “Shop with a Cop” initiative is having. One example mentioned was a high school student who had just enrolled in the extremely rigorous International Baccalaureate-level Biology class, telling its teacher that being nominated for “Shop with a Cop” had given him the confidence to take the class on. The police department also mentioned that it had heard from a different local high school teacher who had a good student on her hands, but the student desperately needed glasses. The teacher mentioned the student’s family could not afford them. The “Shop with a Cop” team began to get involved, eventually locating an optometrist who agreed to offer and eye exam and glasses at no cost to the family.