Photo Courtesy Tia Channell - Local law enforcement made sure more kids were even happier this Christmas season with the annual Shop With A Cop program.
Once again, several members from Raymond Police Department, South Bend Police Department, Pacific County Sheriff's Office, Washington State Patrol and Shoalwater Police Department went the extra mile for kids with the Shop With A Cop venture.
"Shop With A Cop was awesome as usual," Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor told the Herald.
Many youngsters got plenty of nice gifts from the police departments.
"The kids received a $100 gift card and the officers took them to Dennis Company," Spoor said. "They also received all the items for a holiday meal. Also, Officer Britany Stigall spearheaded an effort to get each child a new bicycle and helmet, which was a huge hit!"
Chief Spoor said the annual event is a worthwhile endeavor for all involved. "It gives us an opportunity to be involved in a positive interaction with the kids and gives them a special experience with an officer. It's the officer's favorite event."
On another matter, Chief Spoor admitted that he would be retiring, effective March 1.
"Yes, after a little over 30 years, the last 13 as Chief, I will be retiring on March 1st," Spoor said. "The 24/7 nature of the job has worn me down. I love my job and our community and have been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve, but it's time for someone else to assume the role and bring some new ideas and energy. I think there comes a time in most people's careers when perhaps things have changed so much and they realize it's time. The time has arrived for me to retire."