On Saturday, December 15, law enforcement officers from Mono and Inyo Counties made Christmas for 26 families a bit brighter. The Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Association organized the Second Annual “Shop with a Cop.” The following law enforcement agencies participated in Shop with a Cop:


            Mammoth Lakes Police Department

            Bishop Police Department

            Mono County Sheriff’s Department

            Inyo County Sheriff’s Department

            Bishop Tribal Police

            United States Forest Service Law Enforcement

            California Department of Fish and Game

            Inyo County Probation


Funds were raised from the communities and children from disadvantaged families were identified through community sources. Each child was picked up at home by their “officer” and driven in a police car to Whiskey Creek in Bishop for breakfast. After breakfast, everyone traveled by police car with lights flashing and sirens blaring to K-Mart where the shopping began. The law enforcement agencies provided $200 to each child and K-Mart generously donated another $50 in gift cards. With an officer pushing the shopping cart, the children excitedly shopped for each of their family members. Some of them had to be reminded to make sure they got something for themselves. After going through the checkstand, more volunteers wrapped each of the gifts while the children got to visit with Santa. The wrapping paper and bows were courtesy of K-Mart. Each child was then driven home by their officer where the gifts were distributed to the family or placed under a tree.


Everyone who participated in Shop with a Cop, including the officers, volunteer wrappers, staff from Whiskey Creek and K-Mart, and many observers, benefited by capturing the spirit of Christmas. Many shoppers who asked what was occurring were touched by this special event and offered to support the cause.    


Special thanks go to Whiskey Creek in Bishop for providing a wonderful breakfast and to K-Mart for their generous contributions.