Kids "shop with a cop" in Cape Coral

Annual Christmas tradition continues

CREATED Dec. 23, 2013

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 CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Some lucky kids in Cape Coral got to spent all of Monday afternoon being chased by police - chased down the aisles of a local store that is. 

They were taking part in the annual Shop with a Cop program.

The program allows police to bond with kids while helping them buy gifts for their families - gifts they might not otherwise be able to pay for.

"It's good, because we couldn't afford that much this year," says Sean Murphy who spent time shopping with one of the officers.

 "What's the best thing you got so far?" asked Fox 4 photojournalist Scott Anderson.

"A coffee maker for my mom," replied Sean.

Officers like the idea of spending time with kids at a time when no one's in trouble.

"They get to spend quality time with a good role model and hopefully enjoy themselves while they're at it," says one of the officers.

 Officers say they feel the benefit too. 

 "You get to spend time with some great kids," says Officer Enrique Lopez. 

 "We just to like back to community and we like to spend time with children," says another officer.