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Rocklin PD seeks community support for ‘Shop with a Cop’ program to benefit underprivileged youth

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On Dec. 15 and 16, officers from the Rocklin Police Department, in conjunction with the other local law enforcement agencies, will join forces to deliver holiday joy and cheer to 50 underprivileged children and teens in the Placer County area.

This special “Shop with a Cop” event rewards youth who are in financial need, working hard in school, living a crime-free lifestyle and making strides to improve their situation and attitude. Police officers donating their time are paired with these youths to take them shopping for clothing and gifts for themselves and their families, in support of their successes toward becoming good citizens.

The youth participating in this program are nominated by their schools, police officers and other community members. If you know of a child in Rocklin between the ages of 5 and 18 who fit the above criteria, please submit a letter of nomination to Officer Chris Osborne at the address below by Nov. 9.

Organizers are seeking community financial support to make this nonprofit program possible. The goal in Rocklin is to raise $1,500 to sponsor five of the 50 children participating county-wide. Donations will pay for each child to receive $250 to be used on Dec. 15 during their shopping event with a uniformed police officer, plus $50 to fund a special dinner for the child and his/her parent(s) scheduled for Dec. 16 at William Jessup University.

Organizers are also accepting donations, gifts, gift cards, etc., to be used for a silent auction held in conjunction with the dinner. Community members wishing to donate funds or items for this cause may make checks payable to Roseville Police Activities League (RPAL nonprofit 501(3)(c) tax ID 68-0347253). Mail or bring them to Osborne at the Rocklin Police Department, 4080 Rocklin Road, call 625-5400, extension,5780, email at chris.osborne@rocklin.ca.us