Shop-with-a-Cop: ‘Best thing ever’

– Press release

On Saturday, December 13, approximately 50 families from the Eastern Sierra had an early Christmas thanks to Shop-with-a-Cop.  Children from the families were identified by local law enforcement and picked up by their partner for the day in a police vehicle and taken to breakfast at the Bishop Country Club.

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Photos are courtesy of Erin Gladding Photography.

After a hearty breakfast, the law enforcement personnel and children slowly drove Code 3 from the golf course to the Bishop Country Club where each child had $220 to shop for Christmas gifts for family members.  After the officers and their young partner finished shopping, volunteers wrapped the gifts, photos were taken with Santa, and they returned to their homes for an early family Christmas.

Many of these families would not have had much of a Christmas if it wasn’t for Shop-with-a-Cop.  The idea for the program was introduced to the Eastern Sierra by MLPD Sergeant Rick Moberly four years ago.  Other Eastern Sierra law enforcement agencies quickly jumped on board, and the program has gotten bigger each year.  The participating agencies in 2014 were:

Representatives from most of the articipating agencies.  They are, left to right, Captain Rich Watt, US Forest Service; Lieutenant Bill Dailey, California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Chief Dan Watson, Mammoth Lakes Police Department; Chief Chris Carter, Bishop Police Department; Santa Claus; Sergeant Rick Moberly, Mammoth Lakes Police Department; Undersheriff Keith Hardcastle, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office; Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, Mono County Sheriff’s Office; and Captain Tim Noyes, Bishop CHP.   Photos are courtesy of Erin Gladding Photography.

Representatives from most of the articipating agencies. They are, left to right, Captain Rich Watt, US Forest Service; Lieutenant Bill Dailey, California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Chief Dan Watson, Mammoth Lakes Police Department; Chief Chris Carter, Bishop Police Department; Santa Claus; Sergeant Rick Moberly, Mammoth Lakes Police Department; Undersheriff Keith Hardcastle, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office; Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, Mono County Sheriff’s Office; and Captain Tim Noyes, Bishop CHP.
Photos are courtesy of Erin Gladding Photography.

Mammoth Lakes Police Department

            Mono County Sheriff’s Office

            Bishop Police Department

            Inyo County Sheriff’s Office

            Mono County Probation Department

            Inyo County Probation Department

            Bishop Paiute Tribal Police

            California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Office

            California Highway Patrol, Bishop Office

            United States Forest Service Law Enforcement

            California Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement    

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Shop-with-a-Cop would not happen without the generous support of the community and the K-Mart in Bishop.  Approximately $14,000 was raised through donations, mostly from individuals who heard about the program.  More money than was needed was raised and the extra funds will be used for a new program, Shop-with-a-Cop–Back to School which will be held in August.

Special recognition must go to K-Mart and its manager, Oscar Saucedo.  Each year they have gone above and beyond to support this cause.  They provide an additional $20 gift card to each child, donate all the wrapping paper and bows, and provide space for the wrappers.

Shop-with-a-Cop organizer, Sergeant Rick Moberly, said, “I got the idea of Shop-with-a-Cop from San Diego PD, the second largest city in California.  They hosted 320 kids this year.  Our little agencies were able to take care of 50 families.  I think that shows how much support we get from the people in the Eastern Sierra.”

MLPD Chief Dan Watson said, “I look forward to this each year.  I asked one of our young Reserve Officers, while waiting for the gifts to be wrapped, what he thought of the program.  His responded that this was about the best thing he’d ever done.  I believe the officers, deputies, and volunteers get as much enjoyment out of Shop-with-a-Cop as the kids and their families.”

 

 

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4 Responses to Shop-with-a-Cop: ‘Best thing ever’

  1. chris December 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    Good job, Eastern Sierra Law Enforcement. I love seeing peace officers doing this kind of thing…and the children and families benefitting from the event, as well as learning that “cops are people, too”.

     
  2. Man from Mono December 17, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Mega Kudos to Sergeant Rick Moberly who brought this wonderful event to the Eastern Sierras. We need more cops like him.

     
  3. Desert Tortoise December 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    Have to agree Chris. Pretty neat. A benefit of living someplace small. It would be awfully hard to do something like this in So Cal.

     
    • Retired Guy December 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

      This goes on in many large cities and small communities throughout CA. Thanks to Sgt Moberly for bringing Shop with a Cop to the Eastern Sierra several years ago. It is a great way for the public to see the other side of law enforcement professionals and the dedication they have to the communities they serve.

       

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