The Iowa City Police Association Local 16 has begun its annual fundraising for the Shop with a Cop program. Iowa City police officers, along with emergency communications operators, police records personnel and volunteers have donated their time to make the event possible. 

The fundraising is done by phone, but donations can also be dropped off at the Iowa City Police Department, 410 E. Washington St.. Phone calls will continue through the end of June 2017. 

Shop with a Cop pairs an underprivileged child with a police officer to shop for needed clothing and school supplies for themselves, and holiday gifts for themselves and family members. The program has helped hundreds of children and their families, while fostering positive interactions with police officers. Additional funds provide support and outreach for other youth activities, sports programs and the association's death benefit fund. 

The success of the program would not be possible without support from residents and business owners in the greater Iowa City, Coralville and Johnson County communities. 

For more information, contact Lt. Denise Brotherton at 319-356-5276.

Date of publication

Thursday, April 27, 2017