On Dec. 10, 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, Randall's Restaurant graciously hosted breakfast for the children and their law enforcement partners. After breakfast, Santa led the convoy of law enforcement vehicles to Wal-Mart. We want to thank Graham Robertson of Larry Green Chevrolet for allowing us to escort Santa Claus in a stylish 2011 convertible Camaro. This year we had approximately 30 kids participate and each child received $150.00 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, Jerome PD, Forest Service and Cottonwood PD. Most of the officers were big kids themselves that day. I also want to thank Randall's Restaurant for providing breakfast, Civil Air Patrol for helping lead Santa in the convoy, Mingus Union High School cheerleaders for wrapping presents, Cottonwood PD Citizen Academy Alumni and all of the volunteers who helped throughout the year during our fund-raisers and those who helped during the big event - your help was greatly appreciated. Thanks to Mayor Diane Joens, Vice Mayor Karen Pfeifer and Councilwoman Linda Norman for taking time out of your busy schedules to come play for the day. Huge thanks to Wal-Mart for not only allowing us to take over their store but for their generous financial contribution. Also thanks to Kathy Norris & Sarah Smith of Wal-Mart for all of your help. This year Verde Shop with a Cop also received generous donations from Yavapai-Apache Nation, White Hills Chevron, Vaughn Law Offices and numerous private donors. We could not 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. Each year Verde Shop with a Cop receives numerous applications for children in the Verde Valley but we unfortunately cannot take all of them. Toys for Tots steps in and makes sure the children who were not selected also receive toys. Verde Shop with a Cop sincerely appreciates that- thank you Keith & Krys Vogler, Debbi Segall and everyone else from Toys for Tots. 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