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Law enforcement and local youth bond at ‘Shop with a Cop’

Jonathan Shaeffer, 11, and officer Craig Lageschulte work together to pick out a perfume for Jonathan’s mother.

The Marshalltown Walmart was flooded with police officers on Thursday evening, but crime was not a part of the equation as local youth and officers came together as part of Marshalltown Police’s annual “Shop with a Cop” event.

Youth recommended by their schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters or other organizations were paired with a police officer and given $100 to spend at Walmart, either on themselves or their family members.

This year’s Shop with a Cop was bigger than ever with 100 children served. Law enforcement divided them into groups of 25 with one group that went shopping Thursday, another on Friday and two groups will go next week. After shopping, the children were taken to the joint Marshalltown Police and Fire Department building for a gift wrapping party. The kids decorated and ate cookies while firemen wrapped the presents.

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Contact Shannon Rabotski

T-R photos by Shannon Rabotski Allison Ashby, 13, and officer Eric Siemens let their sweet tooths get the better of them as they make their way down the chocolate aisle picking out treats for Allison’s family.

at 641-753-6611 or

srabotski@timesrepublican.com

Leo Perez, 8, and Officer Tanner Hunt debate on the perfect car for Leo to take home for Christmas.