The Gainesville Police Department (GPD) will host two community events for the holidays: Shop with a Cop and Heroes and Helpers.
Heroes and Helpers will happen first on Friday. GPD has partnered with Target for the event, and school resource officers identified student participants. The officers will pick up their students and meet in the Regal Cinemas parking lot at Butler Plaza.
After a short procession with lights and sirens, the group will start shopping at the Butler Plaza Target. Students have a set budget, and officers will help them shop and stay on track. After a meal with store staff and the officers, the students will return home.
On Saturday, GPD officers and students will follow a similar process, but at the northwest Wal-Mart on US 441.