The Prince Albert Police Service would like to thank our local community partners who went above and beyond once again this holiday season to help fulfill Christmas wishes for local children, despite the challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Shop with a Cop program was made possible thanks to continued support from the Prince Albert High Noon Optimist Club and local businesses including Canadian Tire and McDonald’s.
The High Noon Optimist Club once again contributed $750 to help fund the program, along with a generous supply of wrapping paper. This year, 25 local children from five different schools in both the Prince Albert Catholic and Saskatchewan Rivers School Divisions were able to participate in the event, which was organized by the Community Services section of the police service.
The Community Services section has a mandate to support the police service in promoting positive interactions with residents and families in Prince Albert through events, information and activities.
The Shop with a Cop program started around 2008, and has been an annual event for the organization ever since. In-person events were cancelled this month due to the pandemic, but teachers and resource workers assisted in helping to select gifts online for students at John Diefenbaker Public School, W.J. Berezowsky Public School, Queen Mary, Westview Public School and St. Michael Community School. The selected gifts were then sorted and packaged by staff at Canadian Tire, and taxes were waived on all purchases.
Members with the police service then helped deliver gifts to the children so they could help celebrate the season with their loved ones. Each of the 25 children who participated in the program also received a gift of their own as part of the Shop with a Cop program.
The Prince Albert Police Service appreciates the support and effort from our local community partners in helping to make the holiday season a little brighter for local children and their families.