Thursday was a special day for the Paintsville Police Dept. as they held their annual “Shop with a Cop” Day for some area kids and their families. Now into its 10th year, the “Shop with a Cop” program, in conjunction with Family Resource Centers and Youth Services Center’s within the Paintsville city limits, picks some deserving kids and families based on a need. The Schools that qualify in the city limits are, Paintsville Elem., Central Elem., Highland Elem., Our Lady of the Mountain and Johnson Co. Middle School. Paintsville Police Asst. Chief Danny Smith said the entire Dept. “looks forward to this day every year.” Smith explained that the day is full of activity for the kids and their families. “We have a total of 18 kids and 11 families represented. We meet at 11AM at the Paintsville Recreation Center and have Pizza and snacks, then the kids get the opportunity to meet Santa, who gives each child a bag full of clothing, shoes and a jacket.” Smith added, “After meeting Santa, the kids traveled to Walmart to meet with the Police Officers, where each child was given a $100 gift card and they could go buy whatever toys or items they want and an Officer escorted them throughout the store.”
Assisting at Thursday’s event: (Paintsville Police Officers) – Chief Mike Roe, Asst. Chief Danny Smith, Officers Zack Mitchell, Zack Stapleton, Shane Cantrell and Brian Runyon along with several others.