On July 27, 2018, the Covington Police Department partnered with Alcovy CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to take ten children back to school shopping. The event was held at Kohl’s in Conyers where the children were each given a gift card to purchase clothes and school supplies for the upcoming school year. Each child was paired with an Officer as they began
shopping. This was a great event for the children to interact with an Officer and see that they are there to protect and be a helper in the community.
On December 6, 2018, the Covington Police Department Police Who Care Shop with a Cop event was held at Walmart located at 10300 Industrial Blvd. Lt. Smith coordinated the event with Sonya Carter of Newton County DFACS.
Arrangements were made for Newton County DFACS to designate 29 children that were currently in foster care or underprivileged situations to attend the event at Walmart. The Covington Police Who Care provided $150.00 Walmart gift cards and gave each child one gift card to shop with during the event.
The children were brought to Walmart on Main Street Trolley’s South Pole Express. Santa Clause was also present at the event for the children to meet and have their picture taken with him. Twenty-five Covington Police Officers, two GSP Troopers, and several other employees of the Covington Police Department were present to shop with the children. The event went exceptionally well and resulted in a lot of smiles on the faces of the children and all of those who participated. This event is just as much fun for the Officers as it is for the children.