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During last year's Shop with a Cop event, 7-year-old Mercedes Nelson explains to Zumbrota police officer Gene Leifeld what kind of gift her Chihuahua, CC, would like.

Cops excited to interact with local children


This Saturday, 20 local police officers will respond to Walmart, 295 S. Tyler Road. Their call? Helping area children in need buy Christmas presents for their families.

"We try to provide a positive environment for kids," said Red Wing police officer Adam Crain of the annual Shop with a Cop event. "They can interact with us in a very calm environment."

Crain is the president of the Red Wing Police Benevolent Association, which organizes the annual event.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.