JACKSBORO, TN. (WLAF)- The Jacksboro Police Department’s annual Shop with a Cop program is here.

Shop with a Cop, which is entering its 21st year, is in memory of Jacksboro Police Detective Mike Starrett who died in the line of duty. The program was started over two decades ago when officers saw a need in the community.

On Saturday, the community can donate to the cause with an act as simple as buying lunch. Shop with a Cop volunteers will be serving lunch and dessert at Wal- Mart. With items that start at a $1, everyone will be able to make a purchase.
The Shop with a Cop program is a non- profit, completely donation driven operation where all money raised directly benefits the children in the community.
While donations are accepted all year, the next few weeks are the busiest ones for the program. Between gathering donations, selecting children and organizing the shopping nights, the JPD is working nonstop to make the event happen.
Each year, elementary age students are selected by school staff from all of the county’s elementary schools to take part in the shopping. Once the names are submitted to the JPD, they go to work finding officers who will come in uniform and shop with the children.
Donations are accepted even while the shopping is happening. However, donations ahead of time are welcomed. All donations are tax deductible because Shop with a Cop is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Anyone wishing to donate can call the JPD at 562-9312. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED-11/8/19- 6AM)