DUBUQUE – Kicking off the school year with new clothes and building relationships in the community — that is the purpose of Shop with a Cop.
Starting in 2012, the Dubuque Police Department takes kids to Target to buy clothes for the new school year. Each kid is paired with a cop and is allowed to spend up to two hundred dollars.
The money is raised by Key Services, a local business that contacts other local businesses and people of Dubuque for donations.
Thanks to Shop with a Cop, kids are able to get to know police personally and in a positive way. Officer Kurt Rosenthal was taking part in the event, and had mentioned some of the great benefits that come out of the Shop with a Cop program.
“I just had a kid two weeks ago that I took through the program two years ago, and he saw me on the street and remebered me by name and called me out and said “hey, you remember you took me through shop with a cop.” So, that’s neat that they remember those things, and its a fun night.”
One hundred and five kids participated this year.