Shop With a Cop Brightens Holiday for Local Kids


Smiles are contagious at each year’s Shop With a Cop events and this year has been no exception. Uintah County’s event started with breakfast at McDonald’s in Vernal early Saturday morningwith over 50 kids and 50 officers participating. The party then moved with full lights and sirens to the shopping fun that all involved look forward to. “It was outstanding and everyone enjoyed themselves,” shares Vernal City Assistant Police Chief Keith Campbell. “I believe the officers have more fun than the kids.” Shop With a Cop first came to Utah in 1990 as a program through K-Mart. In 2003, K-Mart discontinued the event after corporate reorganization and the Salt Lake Police Department took the steps to see it continue. The goodwill fostered between kids and officers inspired agencies throughout Utah to participate and hold their own Shop With a Cop events.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.