Every year, about 100 kids partner with law enforcement officers to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves and their families through the Shop with a Cop Brown County, Wisconsin. The holiday program for underprivileged children takes place on a Saturday morning in December. Shop with a Cop has three main components: breakfast, shopping, and gift wrapping. Here’s a more detailed description of the police/youth holiday experience.


Guidance counselors and social workers from Green Bay, Wisconsin-area schools select elementary school-aged children to participate in Shop with a Cop. About 100 children are referred from Green Bay-area schools every year. School districts that participate in Shop with a Cop Brown County are Ashwaubenon, Denmark, De Pere, Green Bay, Howard-Suamico, Oneida, Pulaski, Seymour, West De Pere, and Wrightstown.   

Parent Participation

Parents bring their children to a designated pick-up location on a Saturday morning in December.

Police/Sheriff Officer Participation

Law enforcement officer volunteers pair up one-to-one with an elementary school-aged student.

Get Acquainted over Breakfast

The officers and kids load a school bus and travel to McDonalds where they are treated to breakfast, get to know each other, and talk about gift ideas. The children receive a Shop with a Cop T-shirt compliments of Promotional Designs of Ashwaubenon.

Christmas Shop 

Buses from Lamers Bus Lines and Woody’s Wheels transport the officers and kids to Wal-Mart. Assisted by their law enforcement partner, the kids choose gifts for their family members. At the end of their shopping trip, they choose one gift for themselves.

Pose for a Photo 

The kids and cops pose for a photo as a keepsake for the child. Special thanks to volunteer photographers Kristen McMullen, forensic specialist with the Green Bay Police; Nora Cheney, evidence tec with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office; and Beth Relyea, owner of Beth Relyea Photography.

Wrap Gifts and Say Good Bye

Buses transport everyone to a central location where the wrap their gifts. Parents pick up their children after a morning spent at Shop with a Cop Brown County.

Donate Today to Support Shop with a Cop 

Thank you to the law enforcement volunteers who participate and to all corporate and private donors. This special Christmas event for underprivileged children can only happen with the help of community donations. Please support Shop with a Cop.