by Josh Jones
Times Tribune Editor
TROY — While it is important to recognize the work of our local law enforcement and first responders, the Troy Police Department also recognizes the power of giving and what that means to children in need.
The Troy Police Department is currently accepting donations for its annual Shop with a Cop program. Troy Police Department Lieutenant James Newcombe said through their School Resource Officers (SROs) spearheaded by Officer Nick Elliott they find families in need.
“We pick families from the Triad School District and we raise money throughout the year,” Newcombe said. “Our officers all chip in and pay for the ‘No Shave November’ to grow a beard, we take donations from the public also and we raise the funds to be able to take kids holiday shopping.”
The children in need will be able to buy what they want with the money allotted to them, which varies from year to year. This year’s program is being held on Dec. 2. While the Troy Police Department has received donations in the past, Newcombe said that this was the first year where the Troy Police Department has really advertised for donations. The program typically raises between $3,000 and $5,000 each year.
“Chief (Chris) Wasser has always made it a priority that we put this together,” Newcombe said, later adding, “I think for all of us I can speak when I say it means a lot to us. It is a labor of love, we enjoy doing it, raising the funds and being there with the kids. It is important to give back to our community as much as possible and it is honestly a joy to watch the kids have fun and the looks on their faces when they go shopping… So far the community response to it has been nice. It is always great to see that support for our programs and for the kids in our community.”
Donations will be accepted at the Troy Police Department until Dec. 2. For more information people may contact the Troy Police Department at (618) 667-6731 or message its Facebook page.