Kids shop with cops

Skylar Berry, 6, scans the shelves for a video game for his brother with Alamosa Police Officer William Squires during Shop With a Cop at Wal-Mart on Dec. 16. Thirty-six disadvantaged children from around the community were treated to the opportunity to shop for their family at the second annual event hosted by the Alamosa Police Department in conjunction with Adams State University Campus Police, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alamosa County Sheriff's Department and Colorado State Patrol.


Emilio, 5, points at a toy for his whish list as Alamosa County Deputy Shelly Rodman pushes a cart full of gifts for his family during Shop With a Cop at Wal-Mart on Dec. 16. While the focus of the trip is to shop for others, each kid is given a surprise gift from Santa Claus.


Graesyn and Braxtyn Coulson, the 7- and 5-year-old sons of Alamosa Police Corporal Jamie Coulson, hang out in a shopping cart with Gabriel Montoya, 7, as Alamosa Police Officer Ronnie Hadley checks out of Wal-Mart during Shop With a Cop on Dec. 16. Along with private donors and the department's fundraising, Hoodlums Car Club, SLV Behavioral Health and Xcel Energy supported the event.