And when the caravan of cop cars rolled into the Wal-Mart parking lot 90 minutes later, it wasn't for a sting operation, but a shopping spree.
"This is our biggest one ever," officer Jamie Fosenburg said of the Shop with a Cop event held last weekend. Twenty-two kids, nominated by Brentwood elementary schools, were picked up at their door by officers, Explorers and even the department's new chief. First stop: Brentwood Hickory Pit.
"We do it to give the kids a little extra holiday cheer," Fosenburg said as kids sipped sodas and tore through gift bags with glee, waiting for breakfast. "It also helps build a bridge between them and us; lets them see us as ordinary people, not just as the people who come and arrest bad guys."
After eating, it was off to Wal-Mart, where greeters, clerks and even a few customers met the group with a standing ovation as they filed through the door pushing empty shopping carts. Each child had $233 to spend, provided by sponsors.
with a Cop spree last weekend at Wal-Mart.