Shop with a Cop is intended to foster positive relationships between youth and law enforcement officers through a fun-filled unique experience. School aged children are selected each year near the end of the year before the holiday season to shop at two local area stores to purchase gifts for themselves. Each child is given a specific amount of money to spend, depending on the funds available. On the day of the event, participating children team up with their "partner for the day" to shop around the store and assist them in selecting gifts from a previously created list based on needs. Participating children are identified by schools, churches, youth organizations and/or social services agencies.