On December 1, 2018, 50 Vernon Hills youths participated in the 3rd annual Cops & Kids event. (In many communities this program is known as Shop With A Cop.) Cops & Kids was a joint effort between VHPD and the Lincolnshire Police Department.
It was a great day for everyone! The youths were treated to lunch and got to hang out with Santa. Afterwards, they were bused to the Vernon Hills Walmart where each went on a $100.00 shopping spree. (Mostly courtesy of a grant from the Walmart Foundation.)
As you can imagine, taking 50 children shopping with an officer takes a lot of police officers and others to assist. Successfully pulling of such an event would not be possible without the cooperation of many businesses, volunteers and, of course, police officers. In addition to police officers from VHPD and LPD, the Lake County Sheriff's Office was also represented. The dozens of volunteers consisted of other VHPD and Village employees, family members, friends and teachers & staff from Hawthorn School District #73.