Monday, July 29, 2013

Richmond Police, YMCA Team Up for Shop with a Cop!

July 29, 2013
The Richmond Police Department is proud to partner with the YMCA to help kids get ready for school by taking them to “Shop with a Cop” at Target tomorrow!

Richmond Police partners every year with the YMCA of Greater Richmond’s Bright Beginnings program to provide volunteers to take young people back-to-school shopping at a local Target store. Hundreds of volunteers across Metropolitan Richmond participate in YMCA Bright Beginnings, but the pairing of officers with children for the annual shopping trip is known as “Shop with a Cop.”

Chief Ray J. Tarasovic, members of his Command Staff and patrol officers will shop with about 30 children tomorrow at Target. The children are pre-selected from the city, picked up and taken to the store to shop with officers.

VCU Police will be joining the officers this year as well!

Altria is the lead sponsor of YMCA Bright Beginnings. Other major sponsors are Saxon Shoes, Target, Wells Fargo and the Junior League of Richmond.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend the Shop with a Cop event and to contact the Richmond Police at 646-0607 to schedule interviews.

The event is not open to the public. Also, photograph and video guidelines will be given at the store in the interest of the privacy of the children participating.