It’s time again for the Gage County Sheriff’s Office “SHOP WITH A COP” program. The program is in its third year and is fast becoming very popular with the younger children throughout Gage County. This year the program will be held on December 15th and 16th. During the holiday season donations are collected from numerous individuals and businesses. We then ask area schools to pick a younger child from their school that they feel would benefit from this program. Although financial need can be a reason for nomination, this program also brings the unique opportunity for mentoring between the children and the Sheriff’s Office staff. Once all the children have been selected and the necessary paperwork and authorizations completed, they will be picked up at their respective schools. A staff member from the Gage County Sheriff’s Office or the Gage County Detention Facility will pick the child up after school in a patrol vehicle. Everyone will meet up at a local store and go shopping. However, before shopping takes place the children are allowed to run the lights and sirens. Once this is completed, everyone then meets up at the Sheriff’s Office where pizza and pop are served to all. The fun then starts when wrapping paper, bows, laughter, smiles, and running around are abound. Once all the gifts have been wrapped up and loaded into each patrol vehicle, the children are then taken home.
If anyone wishes to make a donation, they can send it to the Gage County Sheriff’s Office at 612 Lincoln Street, Suite #1, Beatrice, Nebraska 68310-2988 or they can drop it off at the office. Any questions can be directed to one of the following persons: Corrections Officer Amy Hanshaw, Deputy Sheriff Kristin Klimek, or Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson by calling 402-223-5221.
Millard “Gus” Gustafson
Gage County Sheriff