DURANT, OK - Durant area law enforcement officers were on special assignment today, shopping duty. The men in blue were patrolling the aisles of Walmart to help bring local families in need a merry Christmas.
For the third straight year, Durant Police Officers teamed up with multiple area agencies for the Shop with a Cop Program. More than one hundred adults and children in need were accompanied by an officer and treated to a shopping spree at the Durant Walmart.
"We got all these presents and it was awesome," said one little girl.
"We do it because we think we're part of the community," said Capt. John Wyatt, Durant Police Reserves. "I mean we're not there just to arrest people. We're there to serve people and our police department is really community minded."
The shop with a cop program has only been going on for a couple of years, but event coordinators say it's such a hit amongst families, volunteers, and cops that they plan on doing it for many years to come.
"When you see the smile on those kids faces and the smile on the parents faces and the cops that have such a good time with them," said Durant Walmart manager Mike Snell, "it's just hard not to repeat it."
Randall Krebbs didn't know what he was going to do for his family this Christmas, but one of his daughter's girl scout leaders nominated them for the program and Krebbs got an unexpected but welcome phone call from the police.
"I dropped the phone when the police called us you know and I started crying," said Krebbs. "It's a blessing. It's awesome that the police are able to do this but more than that the people actually donate money to make it possible to the citizens of Durant and citizens everywhere."
On average about a hundred dollars was spent on each recipient, and all the money was raised though sponsorships and donations. In Durant, RSFN.
"See you later. bye. Merry Christmas yal."