Central AR Law Enforcement Host Seasonal Giving Events

Officers say it is an investment into the future.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR-- North Little Rock Police are joining other agencies across the state, helping hundreds of families for the holidays.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, local law enforcement agencies are raising money and spending lots of their own money to help children have a happy holiday season.

Officers say it as an investmnet in the future.

In an event Wednesday, called "Santa on the Hill", kids took photos and told Santa what to put under their tree. Meanwhile, police showed parents and grandparents, like Faye Mosby, the proper way to install car seats

"(It's) very encouragiong. You want to make sure your children are safe," said Mosby.

The event is one of many projects keeping officer elves busy.

"This time of year is about giving. We have a lot of officers who put a lot of time in to make sure the community is taken care of," said Officer Brian Dedrick.

Dedrick is an accountant and helped file nonprofit paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service.

The department is helping 100 kids in their annual "Shop with a Cop" program.

They're joined by many other departments across Arkansas, including Cabot Police and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Mosby hopes the event will help her grandchildren and others grow to appreciate police presence.

"These kinds of things let (kids) be comfortable and they get knowledge of who a police officer is and they can trust them," said Mosby.

North Llittle Rock raised $40,000 for their program. When North Little Rock started "Shop with a Cop" eight years ago, they helped eight kids. This year, they helped 100.
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