On Saturday, December 2nd, at 11:00 AM, members of the Cranston Police Department, including the Chief of Police, Colonel Michael J. Winquist, will be hosting our annual Holiday Party and “Shop with a Cop” event for local children provided by the Cranston School Department. The party will kick off at 11:00 AM in the Cranston Police Community Room at 5 Garfield Ave. Cranston. Cops and kids will enjoy lunch, holiday treats, and a visit from a special guest. After everyone is well fed, the kids will get a full police escort to do some holiday shopping with Cranston Police Officers at the Walmart located at 1776 Plainfield Pike. Captain Justin Dutra of the Department’s Office of Community Outreach said, “This is a truly positive way to make a lasting connection in the lives of our youngest citizens.”
Shop with a Cop and other outreach programs could not take place without the continued generosity and sustained partnerships with our local businesses and community organizations. The Cranston Police Community Outreach Division raises funds through various efforts all year, enabling us to give back to Cranston residents in need.
Colonel Winquist stated, “One of the highlights of the holiday season for the men and women of our department is to give back to the community we are proud to protect and serve. Our Community Outreach Division planned an event that creates lasting memories for local children, their families, and the officers who volunteer to participate.”
“This annual tradition is a testament to the community-based focus of our Cranston Police Department and, of course, the work of our Community Outreach Division,” commented Mayor Kenneth Hopkins. “I’m proud of this effort put together by our officers with support from local businesses, and I look forward to seeing the joy it brings to Cranston families each year.”
For more information or to donate to this program, please get in touch with Captain Justin Dutra in the Cranston Police Department’s Office of Community Outreach.