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Shop with a Cop turns 10; has largest year yet

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By Susan Sharp

Christmas came a few days early for a group of Campbell County children.

This past weekend over 180 children were treated to a shopping trip courtesy of the Jacksboro Police Department. It was also the tenth year of the department’s Shop with a Cop program.

“This never gets old. I enjoy every minute of it,” said JPD Chief Danny Chapman.

As the line to check out wound through the store, Chapman wore a smile. “This is our biggest year yet,” he said.

While the economic forecast grew bleaker as the holiday season drew closer, Chapman said he was concerned the program was in danger. But soon his concerns were put to rest. The donations that had began as a trickle soon poured in, he said. “People gave more this year than they ever have,” Chapman said.

Along with funds came a slew of volunteers ready to shop with the children. Volunteers lined up Friday night and Saturday morning armed with calculators and shopping carts. Their duty was to make sure every child spent their $75 on the items they wanted.

Along with a shopping spree, the children had dinner. Their night was then topped off with a visit with the jolly old elf- Santa Claus.

“It just makes you teary- eyed,” Chapman said. However, he was quick to dismiss any credit for the program he helped create.

“I don’t want any praise for this,” he said.

Instead Chapman acknowledged the officers in his department, the women who work at Jacksboro city hall and the community in general. This included numerous emergency service workers who turned out in force to assist in the shopping.