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Kids go back-to-school with law enforcement at their side

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Local law enforcement took on a different role Thursday morning, trading in their patrol cars for shopping carts.

In order to help kids get ready for the new school year, "Shop with a Cop" pairs 25 children with a personal shopper, either an officer or a sheriff's deputy.

The pairs met at the Target in Springfield, and students picked out a new backpack, pencils, binders and other school supplies.

The annual back-to-school shopping spree is coordinated by the group "Sisters in Law," and their goal is to foster a positive relationship between kids and law enforcement.

"Hopefully this means they're comfortable with us," said John Loos of the University of Oregon Police Department. "Whenever they have an issue, they can come say hi, they can ask questions, they can flag us down if they need us."

Target donated some of the back-to-school items, and the rest of the money came from fundraisers, or out of the officer's pockets.

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