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Oct. 19, 2022

Johnson City Police Department accepting applications for Shop With a Cop

The Johnson City Police Department is excited to announce the 8th Annual Shop With a Cop program will be held Monday, Dec. 12. A partnership between JCPD and Johnson City Schools, Shop With a Cop pairs law enforcement officers with elementary school children in need.

Each child will be paired with a law enforcement officer for the evening. The night will begin with dinner at Wild Wing Café followed by a tour of Candy Land Christmas in Founders Park. The children will travel by bus to Walmart, where each participant, assisted by their law enforcement partner, will shop for holiday gifts.

Applications can be downloaded from the City website, Completed applications will be accepted through Monday, Nov. 14. Applications will be accepted by mail, email, fax or hand delivery to the department or a school resource officer.

The Shop With a Cop program selects individual children to participate but serves the child’s entire family. All children in the household receive presents to unwrap and winter clothing while the family receives a Christmas food box.

The success of previous Shop With a Cop events has been a direct result of the generosity of financial donors and volunteers who offer their time. In addition to supplying local children with necessary and desired items during the holidays, this program also helps to build lasting relationships between children in our community and law enforcement officers.

Financial donations will be accepted in the form of checks made out to City of Johnson City and placing Shop With a Cop in the memo line. They can be mailed to 601 E. Main St., PO Box 2150, Johnson City, TN 37605 ATTN: Shop With a Cop. Alternatively, those wishing to purchase specific items for participants are encouraged to use the Walmart or Target gift registries found at or