Decatur police pair with kids for a holiday shopping tradition.
The Decatur Police Benevolent and Protective Association recognized the increased need this year and added about 25 kids to Shop with a Cop. In all, officers took almost 85 shopping at Wal-Mart on Maryland Avenue Saturday. Thanks to donations from police personnel and others, they were able to spend between 75 and 100 dollars on each child.
Assocation President, Detective David Pruitt, says it's a way to give back and they do it for two reasons.
"It gives the kids a little bit more than what they would get normally at Christmas time and it also lets the police officers come out and meet with the kids."
Pruitt says the day is a chance for children to have positive interaction with officers.
This year, the children came from groups including DCFS, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Youth Advocate.