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Local Law Enforcement Bonds With Students

January 3, 2018
Kristen Keller - Staff Writer , Wetzel Chronicle

Wetzel County's law enforcement officers brought cheer to area students during this year's "Shop with a Cop" event. Fifteen students were each given $200 on Dec. 15 as they participated in an unforgettable shopping experience at New Martinsville's Walmart.

Each child was paired with a local officer and was allowed to shop for their immediate family members, as well as items to enjoy for themselves. When they were finished shopping, the volunteers also helped students wrap the gifts. These children had a chance to bond with the officer and were able to see a completely different side to law enforcement.

New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil said volunteers consisted of officers from the St. Mary's Correctional Facility, three officers from Paden City Police Department, as well as four from NMPD.

"This is a great opportunity for police to intemingle with students. The kids get to know us and see that we are not just here to arrest people. We get to show them that there is a nice side to the police department and that we are here to protect them," Cecil commented.

The money for the program was raised from donations made by local businesses, as well as residents.

The program has grown over the years. This is the ninth anniversary for the "Shop With a Cop" program in Wetzel County.

"It's just nice to see that the program is really growing and that other departments are joining and doing this for the kids also," Cecil remarked.



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