HYANNIS - Thirty-five Cape Cod children were treated to a special afternoon with a very special police escort on Tuesday. The kids were part of the 5th annual "Shop with a Cop" program. In all, twelve area police departments (Barnstable, Bourne, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Yarmouth ) participated in the program.
On Wednesday around noon, the kids were treated to lunch at Sam Diego's in Hyannis. After getting their fill of Mexican cuisine, the kids and their uniformed police escorts made their way to the Sport's Authority where each child was given $150 to purchase holiday gifts for their family. In addition, Sports Authority kicked in an additional 25% discount to help the kids get the most out of their shopping dollars.
According to Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos, his department's shopping program is funded entirely by donations from the public. "Thanks to all of the previous year donations, no additional funds are needed this year," Deputy Chief Xiarhos said. Three members of the Yarmouth Police Department, School Resource Officer Sean Brewer (Mattacheese School), School Resource Officer Nick Pasquarosa (Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School) and Officer Diana Wells escorted nine Yarmouth kids.
For Bourne, the program is funded by the Bourne Patrolman's Association. Bourne Det. Dan Cox accompanied two Bourne teens. For Chatham, Lt. Mike Anderson and Sgt. Bill Massey escorted two Monomoy Middle School students.
In Falmouth, the program is funded by the Patrolmen, Sergeant & Lieutenant's Unions who each donated a gift card for the kids. Three Falmouth kids were escorted by Officers Elvira Ferrer and Jamie Livingston.
The program in Wellfleet is funded by the Wellfleet Police Relief Association. One Nauset Regional High School student was taken to Hyannis by Officer Ryan Murphy.
Monomoy Regional School Resource Officer Tom Clarke of the Harwich Police Department took three Monomoy students to enjoy the afternoon in Hyannis. The Harwich Police Association provided the funding.
Eastham Officer Diana Back escorted three Eastham students. The Eastham Police Union and a private donation provided the funding.
Two Truro kids joined Officer PJ McGlynn and Sgt. Scott Holway. The Truro Police Association provided the funding.
In addition to Shop for a Cop, officers from the canal to the Cape's tip are busy rounding up gifts for the Toys for Tots Stuff-A-Bus competition set for this week. Several departments have also held food drives and some will be participating with Cape Cod's firefighters during this year's Homeless for the Holidays.