Shop With A Cop is a unique program in which Columbia Police Officers can make a positive contribution to the community by sharing Christmas with children and families in Columbia who are in need. Officers and kids spend time one-on-one together in an unforgettable Holiday shopping experience. Shop With A Cop is sponsored by the local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge Number 26, in cooperation with the Columbia Police Department (CPD). Shop With A Cop is funded primarily through donations and yearly fundraisers conducted in Columbia.
How are children selected to participate?
Children are recommended for participation in the program by referrals from Columbia Police Department members and the elementary school employees in Columbia. The criteria for the children are they must be a resident of Columbia between the ages of six and eleven and have a social or economic need, have not participated in the Shop With A Cop program in the past, and are not currently receiving support for Christmas through another charitable program.