LPS students spend morning shopping with a cop

Over sixty Lincoln Public School students spent Saturday morning Christmas shopping and making friends with Lincoln Police officers.

“My favorite thing is walking around talking about things like movies or Fortnite,” Elliot Elementary fourth grader Dytrell Mattox said.

LPD officers were paired with students from three Lincoln elementary schools for the fifth annual Shop With A Cop.

Students were given $150 to shop for Christmas presents for their family members at Super Target in South Lincoln near 40th and Yankee Hill Road.

The event gave kids a chance to see police officers in a new light and have a little fun with their new officer friends.

“It’s just a great way to build relationships with kids in the community and be able to see police officers in a different light and get to know them on a first name basis. The kids have said it’s really fun, but I think the officers are having just as much fun if not more,” Capt. Mike Woolman of the Lincoln Police Department said. 

Once the kids were done shopping their presents were wrapped by family members of LPD officers.

For many of the students who participated in shop with a cop the presents purchased will be the only ones their family members receive on Christmas.

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