12th annual Shop with a Cop

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Local law enforcement went shopping Monday, December 10th, with children to help make their Christmas a little brighter this year.

This was the 12th year that police officers from Muskingum, Morgan and Perry counties paired up with children at Walmart on Maple Avenue to buy them warm clothes for the winter. President of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates, Jim Hicks, said this helps children in the area not be so afraid of local law enforcement.

“The pairing up of the children who might be at risk that don’t spend a lot of time around law enforcement or when they do, maybe it’s negative thing,” explained Hicks. “We want them to be familiar and comfortable with law enforcement, so that when they have a problem, they’re not afraid to go to an officer.” 

Hicks said they do fundraisers throughout the year to be able to do this for the kids. He said it’s a great feeling knowing the community came together to help children stay warm this winter.

“Well we appreciate all the community support – the big groups and the small groups and the little donations, all the people,” said Hicks. “Without the support or community, we would not be able to this, so we appreciate all the support we get from them.” 

If you would like to learn more information about FOPA, you can visit their website at fopohio.org.