Thirteen turned out to be a lucky number for the local Shop with a Cop program that took place today at Target in New Hartford.
It’s the 13th year of the event and they had the most police officers yet take part: 42 officers and 52 local children, from pre-K to 12th grade, who got a fistful of cash to spend in Target.
The kids are always thrilled to browse and buy with a police officer at their side, but even though the little ones are doing the shopping, it’s probably safe to say the officers get even more out of it.
One state trooper who formerly worked with Troop D and was transferred to Rochester even arranged his days off so that he could come back to New Hartford today to take part in the event.
“It was about two hours, 15 minutes, but it was worth it,” said Trooper Nathan Parrino. “It was my off day today. I switched my schedule around so I could be out here and I enjoy it, so hopefully the kids enjoy it, too.”
“She wants to get some gloves, high heels, a dress and then maybe stuff for her family, too,” Parrino said about the young shopping partner by his side.
Many of the kids asked not only for toys, but for necessities and gifts for their family a well.