Pasadena Kids “Shop with a Cop” at Back to School Event

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Photography by JAMES CARBONE

5:22 am | August 20, 2017


Pasadena Police partnered off with budding students Friday for “Shop with a Cop” at Target’s store at 777 E. Colorado Blvd. for Pasadena Rotary’s “Shop with a Cop” to kick off the school year with brand-new back-to-school clothes and supplies.

20 middle school students were selected and given $100 gift cards.

“This is all about what makes Pasadena different,” says Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez about his annual tradition. This year, Sanchez was accompanied by his wife, Deborah.

The kids, many from economically-challenged environments, were accompanied by a uniformed officer as they spread out through the store hunting for back-to-school clothes and supplies.

This program helps kids be confident and prepared as they return to school. It can also form long-lasting relationships between the children and police.

“We have these efforts and exceptional youth programs. We have partnerships with Rotary and other non-profits really to improve to quality of life here in Pasadena for people who live and work or visit this great city — and equally important for young people,” said Sanchez last year about the event.

This program helps kids be confident and prepared as they return to school. It can also form long-lasting relationships between the children and police.

Target Corporation has been a longtime supporter of the “Shop with a Cop” initiative and other non-profit youth programs in Pasadena and nationwide.

This is the Pasadena Police Department’s third year being funded by the Pasadena Rotary Club for the “Shop with a Cop” program.