Area agencies hold annual Shop with a Cop event

WOODLAND — For the sixth consecutive year, area law enforcement agencies and others gathered to brighten the day for some area children.

Cathy Doriot, of the Ridgefield Police Department, helps her shopper check out some clothes Saturday at the annual Shop With a Cop event at the Woodland Walmart. Photo by Mike Schultz
Cathy Doriot, of the Ridgefield Police Department, helps her shopper check out some clothes Saturday at the annual Shop With a Cop event at the Woodland Walmart. Photo by Mike Schultz

The annual Shop With a Cop event was held Saturday morning at the Woodland Walmart. Participating agencies includes the Woodland Police Department, La Center Police Department, Ridgefield Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Washington Department of Corrections.The law enforcement officials were also joined by members of the Woodland High School girls basketball team and the Miss Teen La Center Court.

Jim Keller, of the Woodland Police Department, helps this youngster gather his thoughts and implement a strategy at the annual Shop With a Cop event Saturday at the Woodland Walmart. Photo by Mike Schultz
Jim Keller, of the Woodland Police Department, helps this youngster gather his thoughts and implement a strategy at the annual Shop With a Cop event Saturday at the Woodland Walmart. Photo by Mike Schultz

The event is made possible through the contributions and cooperation of the Walmart Foundation, which supplies grants to the law enforcement agencies each year. Area businesses also make contributions.

Terry Casey, of the Woodland Police Department, and his youngster still have room to fill in their shopping cart. Photo by Mike Schultz
Terry Casey, of the Woodland Police Department, and his youngster still have room to fill in their shopping cart. Photo by Mike Schultz

The participating children usually are given about $100 each to spend and they are paired up with a police officer who helps them with their shopping.

Sometimes it’s nice to have someone around who can reach the top shelf, Craig Murray of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office helps a youngster do just that Saturday at the Shop With a Cop event at the Woodland Walmart. Photo by Mike Schultz
Sometimes it’s nice to have someone around who can reach the top shelf, Craig Murray of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office helps a youngster do just that Saturday at the Shop With a Cop event at the Woodland Walmart. Photo by Mike Schultz
Woodland Police Department Sergeant Brad Gillespie is one of the key organizers of the annual Shop With a Cop event, held Saturday at the Woodland Walmart. Gillespie is shown here with Sherman the therapy dog. Photo by Mike Schultz
Woodland Police Department Sergeant Brad Gillespie is one of the key organizers of the annual Shop With a Cop event, held Saturday at the Woodland Walmart. Gillespie is shown here with Sherman the therapy dog. Photo by Mike Schultz
Brent Murray, of the Woodland Police Department, listens intently to his youngster Saturday at the Shop With a Cop event at the Woodland Walmart. Photo by Mike Schultz
Brent Murray, of the Woodland Police Department, listens intently to his youngster Saturday at the Shop With a Cop event at the Woodland Walmart. Photo by Mike Schultz
Brandon Chamberlain, of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, helps a pair of kids with their shopping Saturday at the Woodland Walmart. Photo by Mike Schultz
Brandon Chamberlain, of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, helps a pair of kids with their shopping Saturday at the Woodland Walmart. Photo by Mike Schultz
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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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