Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 4 brought its annual Shop with a Trooper event to Leitchfield this week in an effort to improve the holiday season for needy children throughout its service area.
KSP Post 4 Public Affairs Officer Jeff Gregory said Troopers took about 60 children from throughout the seven counties Post 4 actively patrols to Walmart on Monday, Dec. 21 to shop for necessities and toys.
“I look hard to do this for people who truly need it,” said KSP Post 4 Dispatcher Jodi Shacklette, who coordinates the event.
Shacklette said that, in addition to helping those in need, Shop with a Trooper also serves as an opportunity for Troopers to build relationships with the children in their service area, many of whom may have, through adult family members, witnessed negative interactions with law enforcement.
Schacklette said the program helps build a rapport between the kids and the Troopers and shows that police officers are people, too.
“We want to let them know that the police are their friends,” Gregory said, echoing Shacklette’s sentiment.
Following the shopping, Walmart and KSP Post 4 also hosted a pizza party for the children benefitted by Shop with a Trooper.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.