Shop With a Cop

This program was established to build positive relationships between police officers and the children of the community.

Shopping With Role Models


Children that are selected for the program are taken shopping on a chosen evening in December by members of the Police Department, City Commission, and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. Each child receives money to spend on Christmas gifts that were donated by various organizations within the community.

Often a child will buy presents for everyone in the family, but have to be coached by the officer to purchase a present of their own. It is a very positive experience not only for the kids that are involved, but also for the officers.

Recommending Participants


Children are recommended for participation in the program by:
  • Family shelters
  • Police Department members
  • School employees
  • Social agencies

Criteria For Nomination


Anyone can nominate a child who meets the criteria of:
  • Between the ages of 6 and 11
  • Has a social or economic need
  • Not have participated in the Shop With a Cop program in the past
  • A resident of Apopka

Community Participation


Community participation is very welcome for the program. If you would like to donate your time or money to help make a child's Christmas special, or would like to nominate a child, please contact the Apopka Police Department.