200 kids shop with St. Paul cops in annual holiday event

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More than 200 kids joined officers Saturday for the St. Paul Police Department 11th annual Shop With Cops event, KSTP-TV reported.

The department started the program to help children and their families, and also use it as a way to build positive relationships between officers and community youth.

The program selects children from kindergarten to 6th grade, who are then given $50-$100 to help purchase holiday gifts for members of their immediate family. Police then escort the children during the shopping trip and help them wrap the gifts.

Saturday's event took place at the Midway Target in St. Paul.

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