Cops, kids, toys and pizza come together in Othello

Print Article

Emry Dinman/The Sun Tribune - Washington State Patrol trooper Jayson Caton joins other troopers and the Othello Police Department in shopping with local children who otherwise might not be able to get many presents this holiday season.

OTHELLO — Othello Police Department held its 18th annual Shop with a Cop on Saturday at the Othello Walmart, joining troopers from the Washington State Patrol and deputies from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office to bring Christmas cheer to underprivileged children with a shopping cart full of toys.

At the police station, officers paired up with kids selected by referral, whether by their elementary schools or by the officers themselves, and took them in the front passenger seat of their cop cars as they paraded across town to Time Out pizza.

A quick pizza lunch is a good opportunity to break the ice with kids and find out what they’re hoping to get for Christmas, said Assistant Chief David Rehaume.

“We’ve got some kids, and a lot of times it’s the first time they’ve met a police officer in such a way,” Rehaume said. “The lunch is a way for cops to interview the kids and get to know them a little better.”

Between the Othello Police Department and law enforcement officers from the other two agencies, 13 kids were wondering through the halls of Walmart with the boys in blue — or in tan, in the case of the sheriff’s deputies. Those kids perused toys, clothes and tablets with their new shopping buddies, filling shopping baskets with presents yet to be wrapped.

The event is an opportunity to fulfill several different goals, Rehaume said. The department tries to engage in community service, he added, and these relaxed events give the community a chance to engage with law enforcement in a non-enforcement setting.

Funds for the annual event come entirely through donations, bolstered this year by money raised during the department’s No-Shave November challenge. Officers volunteered their time to stroll through the aisles filling up baskets of toys for the kids, and participating businesses and agencies came together to make the event work, Rehaume said.

“We worked with the Othello School District, we worked with Time Out, we worked with Walmart,” Rehaume said. “This whole program is about community engagement, cooperation, and reaching out.”

Print Article

Read More Local News

Wahluke School District board adopts new math curriculum

June 18, 2019 at 8:51 pm | The Royal Register MATTAWA — The Wahluke School District board adopted a new math curriculum during a regular meeting on June 11. The new curriculum will standardize the math being taught to all kindergartners thro...

Comments

Read More

Books, theater, music, events at libraries this summer

June 18, 2019 at 8:50 pm | Columbia Basin Herald By CHERYL SCHWEIZER For The Sun Tribune MOSES LAKE — Books, theater, music, magic, archeology, living history – it will be a packed summer schedule at local public libraries. The summer reading pro...

Comments

Read More

Area history began with cattle ranching

June 18, 2019 at 8:48 pm | The Royal Register OTHELLO — Each summer, the Othello Community Museum begins the season with a special program designed around the history of the area. This year was no exception as board members and visitors gather...

Comments

Read More

Health District beats mumps in Mattawa

June 18, 2019 at 8:47 pm | Columbia Basin Herald EPHRATA — When a suspected case of mumps was reported and later confirmed in a migrant farmworker community near Mattawa in mid-April, employees with the Grant County Health District sprang into ac...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

509-765-4561
705 E. Hemlock (downstairs)
Othello, WA 99344

©2019 Sun Tribune Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X