UPDATED: 'Shop With A Cop' community event set for Saturday, Dec. 10; hosted by Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 7:00 a.m.


UPDATE (Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, 10:30 a.m.)

"Shop with a Cop" was held over the weekend (Dec. 10) and was a huge success.

Shop with a Cop 2016Photos are attached. Video from the event is here (.mov format).

136 kids from all over Clackamas County were able to spend up to $100 each at Wal-Mart while partnered with local law-enforcement officers and deputies. There were smiles all over the place as the kids were able to buy whatever they wanted with the donated money.

Kids bought presents for family members, friends, and themselves. To see a kid spend $100 on other people when they could have spent it on themselves really puts things into perspective.

Shop with a Cop spent a total of $14,155.42 on the kids on Saturday. (Deputies, officers, and troopers did reached into their own pockets -- to the tune of $555.42 -- to cover kids who accidentally spent too much during their shopping sprees.)

A huge thank-you to all the agencies who participated.

The event is made possible thanks to the hard work of the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation (CCPOBF), which takes donations throughout the year to fund "Shop with a Cop." The more money they raise, the more kids can participate. To make a donation, click here.

EARLIER (Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 7 a.m.)


Video from previous "Shop With A Cop" events: [ 2015 ] [ 2014 ] [ 2013 ] [ 2012 ] [ 2011 ] [ 2010 ]

The Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation co-hosts its 10th annual "Shop with a Cop" charitable event on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at the Clackamas Wal-Mart (10000 SE 82nd Ave. Happy Valley, OR. 97086).

During "Shop with a Cop," local law-enforcement officers locate children whose low-income families have had some enforcement contact with police, present those children with $100 gift cards, and then shop with them at the Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart wraps all the gifts for the kids, supplying gift-wrap, ribbon and tags. It's an opportunity for police and kids to get to know one another; any concerns the kids may have had about police are often changed for the better.

This year, the CCPOBF raised enough money to allow approximately 150 children from Clackamas County to participate in the event -- paired with law-enforcement personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Clackamas County Community Corrections, and the Molalla, Canby, West Linn, Milwaukie, Sandy, and Lake Oswego Police Departments.

Kids were selected by school counselors or school resource officers and came from Canby, Sandy, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville, Oregon City, Estacada, Gladstone, Molalla, Colton and the North Clackamas School District.

This year, children will once again receive $100 Wal-Mart gift certificates and will be "assigned" their very own law-enforcement officers to accompany them during their shopping sprees.

To learn more about "Shop with a Cop," or to donate to the event, click here.

Photos from previous 'Shop With A Cop' events are attached to this release, and video from previous years are linked above.


"Shop with a Cop" helps bridge relationships between children and the police. These children are specifically chosen because their families may have experienced prior law-enforcement activity with police -- creating a significant impact on the child. Witnessing the arrest of a loved one can cause many youngsters to harbor strong negative feelings towards law-enforcement. "Shop with a Cop" presents an opportunity to identify with those children and pair them together with a law-enforcement officer in a positive situation -- shopping for Christmas presents.

Once again, Wal-Mart has graciously donated funds to the event -- in addition to providing Wal-Mart staff and all necessary wrapping paper. Santa will also be there for a photo op.

Along with Wal-Mart's generosity, the event would not be possible without the Clackamas County Benevolent Foundation's support -- provided by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Canby Police Department, Molalla Police Department, West Linn Police Department, Lake Oswego Police Department and public generosity. All had a major hand in contributing financially and physically to this event.


All members of the community are more than welcome to participate in this event by donating -- each $100 donation allows another child to participate in "Shop with a Cop." Info on CCPOBF donations is here.

If you prefer, for your convenience, your donations will be accepted at the event.


The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that assists police officers and their families in Clackamas County when an officer is injured or killed. The Foundation also works closely with programs dedicated to helping at-risk children. To learn more about the CCPOBF, click here.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office