Excited kids filled the toy aisles at Walmart on Great Northern Road during Saturday morning’s Kids and Cops event. This annual event allows children the opportunity to spend time with law enforcement officers and choose gifts for themselves.
After everyone picked out their gifts and they were paid for, the group was escorted in an armored police vehicle to Gliss Restaurant, where their gifts were wrapped while they enjoyed breakfast.
Constable Fred Brown, the coordinator for this event, has been involved since it started here in the Sault 13 years ago – an idea stemmed from a similar program done in the States.
Brown said $2,500 was raised for this event, through donations from organizations such as Bikers Rights Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Ste. Marie Police Association, as well as the Fraternal Order of Police in SSM Michigan.
He told SaultOnline he brought this initiative here to “show the community what police can do.”
“We’re out there everyday and this is a great way for officers to interact with young children, and these children here to make them feel better about seeing a policeman.”