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Area police busy around Christmas – but not always for crime

Wake Forest Shop With a Cop | Courtesy WFPD

Children of all ages are invited to join the Morrisville Police Department for their "Cocoa with a Cop" event, which will be held December 21, from 5-8 p.m, at 260C Town Hall Drive.

The event includes a tour of the police department, story time, special prizes, hot cider and cocoa.

“Please join us as we spread holiday cheer in our community,” Morrisville Police wrote in announcing the event.

Families are also invited to bring an ornament to hang on the department’s Christmas tree.

The Wake Forest Police Department is accepting donations for the 21st Annual Shop with a Cop through Monday, December 16.

This year’s Shop with a Cop holiday shopping spree will be Tuesday, December 17, when roughly 30 children will visit the Wake Forest PD and be paired with their police officer “partners.”

Kids and their partners will head to the Wake Forest Walmart, where each child will be given $175 to spend on a winter coat and other items of their choice.

Following the shopping spree, the children and their partners will be treated to a pizza party.

Shop with a Cop was created “to help less fortunate boys and girls in the Wake Forest area experience a joyous Christmas.”

Since its inception in 1999, the program has helped over 500 local children, according to the agency.

The Wake Forest Police Department raises money for Shop with a Cop through grants and donations from area citizens, churches, civic groups, and merchants. For more information, contact Capt. B. Mote at 919-554-6150