The fourth biannual “Shop-With-A-Cop” program was held on Dec. 27.
The program is a partnership between Hand Up Enterprise and the Enterprise Police Department to better community relations between children in the community and the EPD.
The final event of the year saw five children start the day off in the EPD training room where they were partnered up with a law enforcement officer.
Then the group made its way to the city council chambers where Enterprise Tourism Director Tammy Doerer greeted the children and passed out official Boll Weevil Monument Centennial pins.
Enterprise Mayor William “Bill” Cooper addressed the children before they were allowed to sit at the city council’s table. Here, they tried out the voting box before departing to shop at various businesses.
Lunch was provided by Chick-Fil-A with Clark Cinemas and Boll Weevil Lanes offering the participants a complimentary movie and bowling games, respectively.
After a snack at Milky Moo’s, the partners returned to City Hall where the children received toys.
According to Shop-With-A-Cop Organizer Travis Parker, the funds and gift cards for the shopping trips were donated by various businesses, churches, civic groups and individuals.
He said the point of the program is to bring the community together and show that “police are people, too.”
“It shows a positive side (of law enforcement) so that whenever they see someone in uniform they don’t think something bad is going to go down,” Parker said.