For many children, the first time they interact with a Police Officer is when a parent or sibling is being arrested or some other traumatic event. They don't understand why an Officer is arresting their loved one, they just know the Officer is taking them away.
In an effort to foster a positive relationship with Parker area youth Officers have contacted throughout the year, the Parker Police Department hosts Shop with a Cop. This annual event for families in need helps provide holiday gifts for children and allows them to pick out gifts for their family members. For some kids these may be the only gifts they receive over the holidays.
This annual event is a favorite of PD staff as they help deliver smiles that are normally reserved for Santa Clause.