BUFFALO – Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Buffalo Police Department were pleased to celebrate thefirst annual BPD “Shop with a Cop” event, in partnership with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.Over 25 children were paired with a Buffalo police officer to sh op for their families for the holidays.“As we continue to build bridges between police and our community, we want our children to havepositive experiences with law enforcement and that’s just what Shop with a Cop is all about,” saidMayor Brown. “It’s important that we humanize the people behind the badge and create a positiverelationship between police officers and our children. I thank Buffalo Police for organizing this eventin partnership with the Police Athletic League of Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, aswell as other generous donors.”The Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL), which provides a wide range of programming for childrenand disadvantaged youth in the Buffalo area, assisted in the selection of the young shoppers. Selectionwas mostly based on financial or emotional need.BPD’s first ‘Shop with a Cop’ event began at 11 am outside the Bethesda World Harvest Church, locatedat 1365 Main Street, where shoppers received a chauffeured squad car ride to the Walmart on Walden.After the shopping adventure, officers and shoppers returned to the church for lunch, gift-wrapping andother entertainment. The event was funded entirely through donations and support from the BuffaloNiagara Medical Campus.