JCPD accepting applications for Shop with a Cop

Published 3:03 pm Monday, October 2, 2023

The Johnson City Police Department is excited to announce the 9th Annual Shop with a Cop program will be held Wednesday, Dec. 13. A partnership between JCPD and Johnson City Schools, Shop with a Cop pairs law enforcement officers with elementary school children in need.
The night begins with dinner at Wild Wing Café, 71 Wilson Ave., followed by a tour of Candy Land Christmas in Founders Park. Children will then travel by bus to Walmart, where each participant, assisted by their law enforcement partner, will shop for holiday gifts.
“Each year, officers in the department look forward to this special event,” said Chief Billy Church. “Not only are we bringing cheer to children during the holidays, Shop with a Cop helps build lasting relationships between children in our community and law enforcement officers.”
Applications for this year’s program will be accepted from Oct. 9-Nov. 17. Applications can be downloaded from the City’s website,, and will be available for pick-up at the Records Office, 601 E. Main St. Completed applications will be accepted in the following ways:
– Mail or hand deliver to: Johnson City Police Department, 601 E. Main St, Johnson City, TN 37601 ATTN: Shop With a Cop
– Email: subject line: Shop with a Cop
The Shop with a Cop program selects elementary-aged children to participate but serves the child’s entire family. All children in the household receive presents to unwrap and winter clothing while the family receives a Christmas food box.
“Donors make this program a success,” said Church. “Their generosity creates joy for children and their families during a time that can be difficult for families in need.”
If you would like to be a donor, financial contributions are tax-deductible and accepted in the form of checks made out to City of Johnson City with ‘Shop with a Cop’ in the memo line. Donations can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Police Department, 601 E. Main St., Johnson City, TN 37601 ATTN: Shop With a Cop. Alternatively, those wishing to purchase specific items for our participants are encouraged to use our Walmart, Target, or Amazon gift registries below.
– Walmart:
– Target:
– Amazon:
For more information on this program, visit

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