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Several Local Police Departments Take Part In 'Shop With A Cop' At Monroeville Mall

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

MONROEVILLE (KDKA) - Local kids were gifted with a VIP shopping trip on Sunday with police officers from 13 departments as well as state troopers in preparation for this school year.

Macy's donated $15,000 to the Allegheny County Camp Cadet program, allowing local kids to spend $250 each for back-to-school clothing essentials at this year's "Shop With A Cop" event at Monroeville Mall.

Those in attendance at the event say it helps kids understand what police officers do and how they help the community.

"I know these kids enjoy this experience," said State Trooper Melinda Bondarenka. "They enjoy coming out here, having that positive interaction with law enforcement that they might not typically have."

Kids also got a backpack full of school supplies from State Representative Jim Brewster's office and they also were treated to rids around the mall in cop cars.

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