Roeland Park brightens holiday season for 24 families with first ever ‘Shop with a Cop’ event

Police officers escorted a group of kids on a shopping trip at the Roeland Park Walmart Thursday as part of the department’s first ever Shop with a Cop event.

A few Roeland Park Police officers added another item to their uniforms on Thursday: Santa hats.

Northeast Johnson County is no stranger to “Shop with a Cop” events, and now, neither is Roeland Park. The city hosted its first “Shop with a Cop” event on Thursday evening. The event allows children from the area to buy holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. Sgt. Clifford Chaffee, who spearheaded the event, said Roeland Park was ready to do its part.