Bi-annual ‘Shop-With-A-Cop’ held

The Shop-With-A-Cop attendees and their partners pretend to be the city council. Pictured, seated, from left, are Kenneth Swope, Angel Johnson, Gabrielle Godwin and Apolonia Baltazar. Pictured, standing, from left are Enterprise Police Department detective Matt Saxon, Coffee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Alan Willis, EPD officer Tina Johnson, EPD K-9 officer Ryan Butterworth and EPD officer Diana Baker.

The Enterprise Police Department, Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Enterprise Civitan Club and Hand-Up Enterprise partnered for the third “Shop-With-A-Cop” event.

Each of the participants were paired up with a law enforcement officer as their “partner for a day” to escort them around town for back-to-school shopping.

The day started in the EPD training room where attendees were visited by Enterprise Mayor William E. Cooper.

“Undoubtedly you have done something well, and someone has recognized what you are doing,” Cooper told the attendees. “You want to continue that with the school year getting started. What you want to do is your best. Keep up good grades. Be obedient. Always say yes sir and no sir, and be respectful. Keep up the good work.”

Afterwards, the attendees visited the city council chambers where a mock trial and city council meeting were held.

The participants and their partners then ate lunch, shopped, went bowling, caught a movie and ended the day with a sweet treat.

The event was started last year and has since become a bi-annual event with a back-to-school and Christmas event each year.

Enterprise Civitan Club President and Hand-Up Enterprise Second Vice President Travis Parker said the response from the community, the officers and the children has been outstanding.

 He said that the program can help foster good relationships between law enforcement officers, kids and the community.

“When I grew up, if there was a problem you called a cop,” Parker said. “Now-a-days it seems to be the other way around. This will hopefully give the kids a good experience with law enforcement and they can spread it to their friends that these are really nice people.”

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