JPD working to raise Christmas funds

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By Susan Sharp

The Jacksboro Police Department is continuing a holiday tradition – shopping. However, officers are not shopping for themselves.

Officers with the JPD are in the process of collecting funds to provide underprivileged children with the opportunity to “shop with a cop,” JPD Chief Danny Chapman said.

It is the tenth year the department has sponsored the event.

Obtaining names of children from school guidance counselors, the JPD raises money to allow each child to spend $75 at Wal- Mart.

Last year, the program served 90 children, Chapman said.

While the department has been soliciting money and hosting fundraisers for the annual event, this Saturday will be an extreme event.

JPD Officer James Skeans will show off his magic skills.

Suspended, upside down from a crane 50 feet in the air, the 22- year- old officer will attempt to escape from a straight jacket, Chapman said.

“He is excited,” the chief said. “He is a magician and wanted to do this for the kids.”

Along with the magic, guests at the show will have the opportunity to purchase a snack to enjoy.

“One hundred percent of these proceeds will go for the kids,” Chapman said.

While there is not an admission fee for the event, donations will be accepted at the gate.

For more information about Saturday’s show or Shop with a Cop call 562-9312.