Christmas Shop with a Cop is the signature event for POSA Outreach. 2014 is the 12th anniversary of the program that benefits 300 plus at-risk youths and teens in the Scottsdale and Phoenix metropolitan area. Our program allows youths and teens to enjoy a Christmas or holiday season that they otherwise would never get the opportunity to experience. Youth are screened by the City of Scottsdale School Resource Officers and local community outreach programs within the valley to make sure they are doing well in school and staying out of trouble. Law enforcement officers from the following groups generously donate their time and their hearts to this worthy program:
The Police Officers of Scottsdale Association (POSA)
Scottsdale Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association (SPSLA)
Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs (AZCOPS)
Maricopa County Probation Association (MCPA)
Arizona Black Law Enforcement Employees (ABLE)
Scottsdale Police Department
Arizona State Gang Task Force
Arizona Department of Public Safety
Tempe Police Department
Arizona State University Police Department
Phoenix Police Department
Paradise Valley Police Department
Salt River Police Department
Arizona Department of Corrections
100 Club of Arizona
The event kicks off with breakfast for the kids and participating law enforcement agencies. The breakfast gives officers an opportunity to get to know the children and to hear their stories. All participants are then taken to Walmart Supercenter on Northsight Blvd in Scottsdale or Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall via lighted police escort where they are paired with an officer. The kids are allowed to spend $150 for clothes, coats, shoes, food and a special toy. This is a very special day for the kids who might otherwise receive nothing during the holidays!
Being a Police Officer is often a challenging job; officers usually see people on their worst days and in the worst situations. Shop with a Cop is like chicken soup for the officers’ souls.
Shop with a Cop is organized each year by the Police Officers of Scottsdale Association (POSA). The proceeds for this program are generously donated by Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix area residents and businesses.