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I would like to invite the local media to the third annual Eastern Sierra “Shop with a Cop” scheduled for Saturday, December 14 starting at 9 am.  Shop with a Cop is a multi-agency, multi-county event that will benefit well deserving families during the Holiday season.  The following agencies are participating this year:  Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Bishop Police Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, US Forest Service Law Enforcement, California Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement, Inyo County Probation Department, and the California Highway Patrol.


MLPD Sergeant Rick Moberly brought the idea to the Eastern Sierra three years ago.  He, along with the Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Association (MLPOA) have done the coordination for this special event.  The Associations have raised funds to provide children from disadvantaged families to celebrate Christmas.  Police officers will pick up their “partner” in the morning and head to Whiskey Creek in Bishop.  After breakfast, the officers and children will drive code three (lights and sirens) from Whiskey Creek to K-Mart where each child will go on a shopping spree to purchase gifts for their families.  The funds raised will provide each child with $200 and K-Mart has generously donated an additional $50 gift card to each.  After the gifts are purchased, volunteers will be wrapping the gifts with wrapping materials provided by K-Mart.  Santa will be present and the officers and their partners will head home to celebrate Christmas with the families.


K-Mart and Whiskey have been very generous in supporting this worthy cause for three years.  So has the community.  In addition to donations from the employee associations, individuals and organizations have made additional donations so that at least 30 children and their families will have a more cheerful Christmas this year.


I hope to see you on December 14 at K-Mart.  This is truly a special day for everyone involved – not just the children, but all the adults who help. 


Dan Watson

Chief of Police

Mammoth Lakes Police Department