RHINELANDER - Local kids had the chance to do some holiday shopping of their own Saturday, but they didn't do it alone. They were joined by Rhinelander police officers.
19 area 3rd graders took part in the annual Shop with a Cop program. They got to pick out holiday gifts for themselves and their loved ones.
"We bring them out for a shopping spree, breakfast, help them wrap gifts. Just to let them be more in tune with Christmas, give them some Christmas spirit, and have an enjoyable day," said Sergeant Kurt Helke.
Helke says his favorite part was seeing the smiles on the kids' faces. He thinks this event helps create strong relationships and build trust between police and the community.
"Several years down the road we often see these kids and it has a lasting effect on them," said Helke. "They approach us and talk about their memories from that event."
The students were chosen by their teachers based on a number of needs.