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This year marks the 17th annual “Shop with a Cop” program in Baltimore County. At 7:30 a.m. on December 8, 100 police officers and 100 children will leave precincts from around Baltimore County to participate in the event.

Officers and children will arrive at approximately 8 a.m. at the Walmart store in Cockeysville. Members of the Optimist Clubs will greet them as holiday music is performed by Dulaney High School students.

The children and their officer “buddies” will do holiday shopping with money provided by the Optimist Clubs of Baltimore County. Each child receives $100 to spend as he or she chooses. Usually, the children buy presents for family and friends.

After shopping, the officers and children will drive to the Outback restaurant in the Hunt Valley Towne Centre for breakfast. (Outback provides the breakfast.)

A special Baltimore County Police Department tradition, the BCoPD “Shop with a Cop” event is the largest in the state.

The Department looks forward each year to doing its part to give families a happy holiday. The event also gives children a chance to know their local police officers.

The Baltimore County Police Department asks every resident to participate in this year’s Community Assistance Network (CAN) Food Drive. Beginning on Monday, November 26, donation boxes will be conveniently located in the public areas of all ten police precincts. This provides easily accessible and secure collection sites for donations that will go directly to those who are struggling.

Citizens can drop off non-perishable food, canned foods, as well as hygiene and paper products such as bathroom tissue. Some suggestions of non-perishable nutritional foods include soups, tuna, salmon, chili, chicken and ham; peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables; hot and cold cereals; pasta and rice. If possible, buy packages that have flip-tops or do not require a can opener.

There are families who must face hunger every day. You have the power to help. CAN operates the largest food pantry in Baltimore County and provides supplemental food to 35 to 40 Baltimore County low-income families per day. Your donation provides supplemental food to the 23,000 people they serve in Baltimore County each year.

Drive Ends on December 14

This drive ends December 14. But don't wait until the last minute. When shopping, buy one item for your family and one item for a needy family. This simple act of kindness could literally save a life. Please drop off your donation today.

The Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program has changed its name to On the Beat. The next edition runs through November.

The opening segment focuses on winter and holiday season crime prevention and personal safety. Officer Gary Doucett of Precinct 6/Towson provides information and techniques to keep your home and valuables safe and secure. He also reminds us of the fines and points that drivers face if their car is left running unattended.

The topic in the second segment is animal abuse and Baltimore County's response to this crime. Ms. April Doherty, Lead Animal Abuse Investigator for the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, talks about animal abuse, neglect and cruelty and what the public can do if they encounter this crime.

The program airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

On the Beat is available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017