They protect and serve, and this time of year, Dane County law enforcement officers give back. To make sure that kids in the community have a happy holiday season, police from area agencies get together to help children shop for Christmas gifts for their families.
On Dec. 8, the 12th annual Shop with a Cop program will be take place at Target East in Madison. Police team up one-on-one with financially disadvantaged children from Dane County communities and
Monona Officer James Reiter has taking part in Shop with a Cop for nine years.
"It's really nice to be able to give something back to our community (and) show something positive as law enforcement officers," Reiter said.
After the officers and kids buy the gifts at Target, they take them to the VFW where they eat pizza, wrap presents and visit with Santa and Bucky Badger.