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