On Saturday Dec. 12, 2009, all Verde Valley law enforcement agencies participated in the annual Verde Shop with a Cop event. This is an event where officers are paired with a child and they take them shopping at Wal-Mart for the holiday season. To start off the big day, Hobo Joe's Restaurant graciously hosted breakfast for the children and their law enforcement partner. For several years Hobo Joe's Restaurant has served a delicious breakfast to get the day started for Verde Shop with a Cop. After breakfast, everyone headed to the airport to pick up Santa, who flew in on a helicopter thanks to Guardian Air. Santa led the procession of law enforcement vehicles with full lights and sirens flashing and wailing to Wal-Mart. This year we had approximately 30 kids participate and each child received $150 to shop for the holidays.
I would like to thank the officers from the following law enforcement agencies for participating in this year's Verde Shop with a Cop; Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Clarkdale PD, Camp Verde Marshal's Office, Department of Public Safety, Yavapai Apache PD, State Parks, Yavapai College PD, Forest Service and Cottonwood PD. Most of the officers were big kids themselves that day. I also want to thank Hobo Joe's Restaurant for providing breakfast, Guardian Air, Civil Air Patrol for leading Santa in the procession, Beaver Creek Community Action Team for helping wrap presents, all of the volunteers who helped throughout the year during our fundraisers and those who helped during the big event - your help was greatly appreciated. Thank you Melanie Underwood for organizing, collecting and handling the raffle. Thanks to Vice Mayor Karen Pfeifer and Councilwoman Linda Norman for taking time out of your busy schedules to come play for the day. Big thanks to Wal-Mart for not only allowing us to take over your store but for your generous financial contribution. This year Verde Shop with a Cop also received generous donations from Yavapai-Apache Nation, Phoenix Cement, Mount Hope and numerous private donors. We couldn't have the success we have with Verde Shop with a Cop if it weren't for the donations.
I also want to extend a special thanks to Toys for Tots. Each year they provide toys for all of the children we receive applications for; whether the children are chosen or not AND for all of their siblings. And of course I cannot forget to thank Santa Claus for taking time out of his busy day to spend time with the children. Verde Shop with a Cop was very successful this year but only because of the generous people who live in the great communities of the Verde Valley, thank you.
Detective Monica Kuhlt
Cottonwood Police Department