NPSO Magnolia State Peace Officers Association, Natchitoches Police Department and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office teamed for their annual Shop with a Cop event Dec. 16, a practice they have participated in since it’s inception in 2001. Shop with a Cop provides a fun filled experience for children in need throughout Natchitoches Parish while creating positive relationships with law enforcement. The participating children are identified by schools, churches and social services agencies. Uniformed officers from NPD and deputies from NPSO met children at NPD and then headed to Wal-Mart where the children were paired up with a “cop partner.” The officers and deputies volunteer to shop with the children. Each child gets a pre determined amount of money to spend. They are encouraged to purchase items for themselves as well as for their siblings.