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Nov 12, 2012 11:11 AM by Ryan Haarer

Tucson Police Officers raise money for "Kids and Cops"

TUCSON- Seven year-old Nicolas didn't have a great first impression of police officers.

"Before I liked police officers they took my daddy into jail," said Nicolas.

At seven years old, it's difficult to understand why the police were taking dad away, but after meeting with Tucson's finest, he felt more comfortable.

"I got to go shop with a cop and pick out lots of toys."

Nicolas was one of many children nominated to participate in the program that pairs up a child and a cop to go on a Christmas shopping spree.

"Once they enter in they are free reign. They can go to the toy section; they can go to the clothing section, shoes section. And what we understand is clothing issues usually go first," said Officer Yselda Welding.

But don't worry, those kids make it to the toy isle, picking out gifts they otherwise might not get.

The Tucson Police Officer's Association goes on a shopping spree for disadvantaged kids every holiday season but they can't do it without an extra boost from the community.

Donations can be sent to: Tucson Police Officer's Association 3849 East Broadway, Suite 320 Tucson, Arizona 85716.

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