Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Preparing for 2019 Shop With a Cop Events

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is gearing up for the 15th Annual Shop with a Cop events. Shop with a Cop provides children with positive interaction and one-on-one time with law enforcement during the holidays. Shopping is done each year by deputies from the Sheriff’s Office along with officers from the Punta Gorda Police Department and Florida Wildlife Commission. The children are selected by their school counselors from grades 2-5.

This year, the Sheriff’s office hopes to host 120 students during the scheduled event at Walmart stores throughout the county. Children chosen to participate receive a $100.00 Walmart gift card to shop for themselves and family. Gifts are wrapped on site by volunteer elves from the Sheriff’s Office, Punta Gorda Police Department, and Suncoast Credit Union. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand for pictures!

The Shop with a Cop program is funded with support from our local Walmart stores, as well as donations from community members and partners. For more information, or if you wish to donate, please contact Claudette Bennett in Community Affairs at 941-575-5250 or

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