Cops and kids team up for Christmas shopping spree

Kids and Cops team up for Christmas shopping spree

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - The toy shelves in North Charleston's Centre Point Walmart may soon need to re-stocked.

Saturday, area elementary and middle school students teamed up with officers from the North Charleston Police Department for a Christmas shopping spree, worth $150 per child.

Named "Kids and Cops," the second-year event allows children, selected by school guidance counselors, to indulge in a Walmart shopping spree, along with breakfast, lunch, and a gift-wrapping party.

"At first I was kind of hesitant coming up on a Saturday morning, but it's probably been the second best opportunity I've had since I've been in the city of North Charleston," said Officer Deangelo Dean.

Nearly 60 students were treated to the experience, up from 25 in the event's first year.

"This is the way we want kids to see police officers," said North Charleston Officer Tiffani Crider.

"We don't want them to see police officers as someone who just locks everybody up.  We want them to know that we're also here to help them, and have fun with them."

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