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Shop with a cop
The Shop with a Cop program takes children who might not have such a bright holiday season, due to family problems or recent hardships, to a great party with Santa and then onto a shopping trip at Wal-Mart where each child is allowed to purchase $100.00 worth of items.
This program helps to build an important positive relationship between the children and law enforcement, as well as help during a trying and stressful time of the year for families. Each child is teamed up with a uniformed officer throughout the evening. We try to encourage the children to buy the essential items first (coats, shoes, needed clothing), before hitting the toy aisles. They also may surprise us with their generosity by using some of their money to purchase a gift for a family member. The program costs the children nothing.
We have received an outpouring of support for this program from the local business community, as well as local citizens. The money used to provide this program for the children came from donations and fund-raisers put on by the police department.
Shop with a Cop Event on 12-15-12
The Kiel Police Department's 7th Annual "Shop with a Cop" event was held on Saturday, December 15th, 2012. Law Enforcement Officers from the Cities of Kiel, New Holstein, Brillion, and Chilton along with Sheriff Ott and representatives from the Calumet County Sheriff's Department met kids from the Kiel area at the Wal-Mart in Chilton and took the kids shopping. Afterwards, the children and their families met at the Kiel Community Center where volunteer employees, family members, and others from the police agencies helped the kids wrap their presents. A pizza party followed, including a visit from Santa Claus.
2012 marks our 7th year for the event and we had the largest group of kids participating. Special thanks to all the citizens and civic organizations that donate funds to our program, but also to the committee of volunteers who work very hard all year to organize and set up the event.
Riverview Restaurant Fundraiser on 05-26-07
On 05-26-07, the Kiel police officers held their 2nd annual Riverview Fundraiser. From 6AM until 1PM, the officers served the customers of the restaurant, serving coffee and clearing tables. Due to the generosity of the waitstaff of the restaurant, they agreed to donate half of the tips generated that day to the Shop with a Cop. The owners of the Riverview Restaurant also made a very generous donation to the program. We would like to thank the owners and staff of the restaurant for agreeing to hold the fundraiser again this year.