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Rowan County Sheriff’s Shop With a Cop accepting applications

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its annual Shop With a Cop program, where eligible youths whose family may not be able to afford presents have an opportunity to shop with a law enforcement officer.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Walker, who organizes the event, said they “welcome the opportunity to work with families in our community, especially those with underprivileged children who may not have the same opportunities as other children.”

In order to participate, children must be 11-14 years old, reside in Rowan County, be able to separate from the family while shopping and must be present on shopping day in order to receive a gift card.

Shop With a Cop is one of the ways the agency strives to strengthen the community and reach out to these families. The Sheriff’s Office strives to make this a positive experience for the children.

In partnership with Walmart, children in need are able to purchase gifts for Christmas, including gifts for themselves as well as other family members.

Applications will be accepted at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in Salisbury and Landis. Applications are also available by contacting any school resource officer in the Rowan-Salisbury School System.

Walker said a committee will make selections from applications based on information received through applications.

Children who have not participated before will be given priority, however all applications will be given serious consideration.

He noted that given the popularity of the program, they may have more applications than openings.

The application deadline is Nov. 25 and families will be notified Dec. 2. The Shop With a Cop event will take place Dec. 14.

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