Don’t Worry About That Cop Convoy, Eureka: It’s Just Santa in Uniform

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Cops and kids sharing breakfast today. [Photo provided by EPD]

About 8:45 this morning, you’ll see a convoy of police cars a fire truck and a Humboldt Transit Authority bus headed to Target. Don’t worry though, this is just the Eureka Police Department’s third annual Shop with a Cop event.

“This year we’ve partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Betty Chinn, Boys and Girls Club, and the City of Eureka’s Park and Rec CAPE program,” explained a press release from the EPD. “Those organizations helped select 50 kids under 12 to come out for a fun morning.”

The photo above shows the somberly dressed Santas and the lucky kiddos this morning at the Sequoia Conference Center where they are eating breakfast provided by McDonalds and Jesse Klair, according to Captain Steve Watson.

“Kids will be paired up with an officer and will get to spend $100 on items of their choice,” explained the press release. “Target is providing 20% off each purchase!”

Many organizations and community members worked to brighten the kids’ Christmas. According to the press release,

This event was made possible through generous donations from the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, Quota International of Eureka, Eureka Neighborhood Watch Block Party, Humboldt County Office of Education, McDonalds, Target, Eureka Police Officers Association, Humboldt Deputy Sheriff’s Organization, and more!

Also participating alongside EPD are members of Humboldt Bay Fire, HCSO, and APD.

So don’t worry about the cop convoy, as the press release says, this time a “large police presence…will only be something to smile about!”

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