Ontario County youth ‘shop with a cop’

VICTOR, N.Y. – Some Ontario County children enjoyed a special shopping trip Sunday.

They got to “shop with a cop” at Eastview Mall.

The event was put on by the Ontario County Police Benevolent Association in partnership with local police departments, including Canandaigua and Geneva. The program started in 2014 to give kids positive experiences with an authority figures.

“You have kids that may otherwise not have a really good holiday season. It’s a way for us and the PBA to give back to the community,” Lee Martin, president of the Ontario County PBA, said.

Officers want parents to know that if they see them while out and about with their children, they should feel free to say hello and strike up a dialogue with them.