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Shop with a Cop on hold; money still put to good use

by Brad Aubin
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With timing for the changeover from WN Police Service to the OPP still up in the air at the close of 2018, an officer-led project to help local youth had to be put on the backburner this past Holiday season, but they hope to bring it back in 2019.

The 2018 “Shop with a Cop” would have been the 10th annual event, seeing local police officers take several kids on a shopping spree and lunch just before Christmas. Despite the event being cancelled, however, the money raised through community fundraising will still be put to good use.

“We were under the impression that we’d be switching over around that time, so the timing was a little difficult,” explains WN Police Constable and Shop with a Cop organizer Michel Paquette. “So that’s basically why it didn’t take place last year. However, the money was raised by the community for the community, and we want the money to stay and support the local youth. So this year, we are writing a $1,500 cheque to every elementary school in support of their breakfast programs, as well as $1,000 for the high schools to be used as a bursary. This way the money stays local and we hope that once the transition to the OPP is done in 2019, we can start fresh and continue this giving tradition.” 

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