Prairie Village police take kids on a patrol of the Target aisles during annual Shop-With-A-Cop event

Sgt. Eric McCullough patiently listened to his seven-year-old shopper.
Sgt. Eric McCullough patiently listened to his seven-year-old shopper.

For Prairie Village Police Cpl. Adam Taylor, patiently escorting his five-year-old charge through the aisles of Target Thursday pushing a big red shopping cart while she searched for gifts was fun duty.

“It’s a great investment in the community giving back to the kids and their families,” he said, “and its a positive image for law enforcement.”

Taylor was one of about 15 police officers who came to the Target in Mission to meet up with kids from deserving families identified by school counselors and the Prairie Village D.A.R.E. officer. Thanks to donations, the children were able to buy gifts for themselves and family members.

Cpl. Adam Taylor helped his five-year-old narrow her choices.
Cpl. Adam Taylor helped his five-year-old narrow her choices.

“It’s rewarding every year,” said Officer Josh Putthoff, as he walked with his eight-year-old shopper. “Not only to see how blessed you are, it’s fun to see their faces light up. They’re good kids. They deserve it.”

It’s the sixth year for the Shop-With-A-Cop event sponsored by the Prairie Village Foundation. Merchants and residents donate the money for the program. After the shopping was done, the children were treated to dinner and had their packages wrapped free of charge.

As part of the program, people also are urged to drop off their old cellphones at the Prairie Village Police Department, 7710 Mission Rd. The cellphone collection box is located in the lobby. The proceeds are used to help support the Shop-With-A-Cop program.

The Mission Target was well patrolled during Shop-With-A-Cop.
The Mission Target was well patrolled during Shop-With-A-Cop.
Officer Josh Putthoff was in charge of an eight-year-old shopper.
Officer Josh Putthoff was in charge of an eight-year-old shopper.