(Fremont County, Wyo.) – The “Shop with a Cop” program has run into a financial hurdle this year, so the Riverton Police Foundation has come forward with a challenge grant of $1,500 so the program can continue this Christmas.
The program matches law enforcement officers from the Lander and Riverton police departments and deputies from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department with kids from the county who otherwise might not have Christmas gifts. The program also helps the youngsters have a positive experience with a law enforcement officer. The kids go shopping one-on-one with a law enforcement officer and spend about $75 each for whatever the kids want to buy; presents for themselves or for family members. Captain Eric Murphy at the RPD coordinates the program.
This year, however, many of the program’s funding sources, such as the Victim’s Assistance and Domestic Violence programs, are not able to contribute this year because of limited or reduced budgets. The Riverton Police Foundation Board recently approved a $1,500 Challenge Grant for the program, the purpose of which is to challenge other businesses, organizations, agencies and community members to match the grant with donations.
Shop With a Cop is one of the youth programs that is supported under the Riverton Police Foundation. The board has partnered with the Lander Police Dept and Fremont Co Sheriff’s Office.
For questions regarding the Challenge Grant, contact Pamela Canham at the Riverton Police Foundation at 856-5033 (work) or 840-0741 (cell). Pam said she is willing to meet anyone to pick up a donation if they are unable to take it to Captain Murphy at the RPD. Lander residents can take their donations to Lt. Chuck Carr at the Lander Police Department.