top of page 'Creating a bond': Local police officers join 'Shop with a Cop' program

Because not every child has someone to shop with or the money to do so, New Jersey's Community Action Agencies created the Shop with a Cop program, which brings together 1,200 middle schoolers from disadvantaged families with local police officers.

"Shop with a Cop (or a hero) is not only about taking the children shopping," said Lynne Algrant, of Bergen's Greater Community Action, "it is also about creating a positive relationship and creating a bond with local police officers and heroes in the community.

Bergen County's program is trying something new this year, Algrant said. For the first time, Bergen County's participating police departments, Garfield, Hackensack, Englewood and the Sheriff's Department will get to choose the 50 children they will take shopping. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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