Body Cameras Provide New Angle To Shop With A Cop

Children Give Unique Perspective To Annual Event

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Body cameras worn by law enforcement often capture dangerous and deadly situations. However, in southern Utah, the devices highlighted the magic of Shop With A Cop, as seen through the eyes of a child. 
 
The footage offered a rare glimpse inside the annual event, where more than 100 low-income children went Christmas shopping with law enforcement officers from across southern Utah on Saturday. 
 
"We've seen the story so many times with the law enforcement going down the road with lights and sirens but it would be unique to say, 'What's it like for a kid to go through this experience'," Washington County Sheriff's Office Lt. David Crouse said. 
 
Lt. Crouse gave three kids body cameras to wear on their clothing
 
"I told them, 'It's your day, it's your experience, record whatever you want to.' They did," Lt. Crouse said. 
 
From touring a police truck to picking out a bike, a six-year-old from St. George loved every minute. 
 
"Thank you for teaching me everything," the child is heard saying to an officer.  
 
Each child was given $150 to spend on whatever they wanted. 
 
The cameras also captured something else: compassion. A child used some of his money to buy stockings for his family.  
 
"It's great to see a lot of these kids were looking out for their whole family, not just for themselves. And that makes you feel like you're doing it for all the right reasons," Lt. Crouse said. 
 
The sheriff's office is providing the three children with the raw video from the body cameras so they can remember their Shop With A Cop experience.
 
Along with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, several other agencies participated in the event, thanks to generous donations from both the law enforcement and southern Utah communities.

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