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More than 100 Officers Take Local Children Holiday Shopping 

WHO:       Police Commissioner William Evans; Boston Police Command Staff; more than 100 uniform Police Officers; over 250 local youth in need and representatives from Target’s executive staff.

WHAT:     As part of Mayor Thomas Menino’s tireless efforts to serve Boston’s youth, the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program joins Boston Police officers, Transit Police, EMS First Responders, and the UMass Hockey Team, along with youth from across the entire City of Boston. Together they will shop at Target using gift certificates which have been generously donated. The participating youth are selected by Boston Police Community Service Officers, the Family Justice Center and the BPD Homicide Survivor Victim/Witness Advocates.

The goal of this successful holiday initiative is to improve self-esteem of the youths involved. This effort provides youth with an opportunity to purchase presents for their friends and family. In addition, this initiative is a great opportunity to foster ongoing relationships between youth and police by providing a positive environment for fun, social interaction.

Target generously donated $2500.00 and additional funds have been provided by the Boston Police Department and its unions; Patrolman and Superior, Transit Police, Police Athletic League (PAL), Blauer Corporation, Kaitlin Keaney Foundation, and Kount Corporation.   

WHEN:          Today, Wednesday, December 11th

                     5:45pm-6:00pm Police escort MBTA buses w/ youth to Target

                     6:00pm- 7:30pm – Shopping at Target!


WHERE:       Target At South Bay Mall

                    7 Allstate Road Dorchester