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Posted on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 1:59 p.m.

8th annual Shop With A Cop event brings holiday cheer and presents to local children

By Staff


Seven-year-old Marcosfrom Erickson Elementary School shares his Santa card with Washtenaw County Sheriff's Corporal Butler.

Washtenaw County children got the chance to visit with Santa, see a magic show and, most importantly, go shopping at Meijer on Zeeb Road as part of last night's Shop With A Cop event.

More than 50 law enforcement personnel attended the event, held at Creek Side Middle School in Dexter. They spent the evening with 60 children from around the county for a night of festive fun.

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Along with visiting with Santa, the children enjoyed crafts, face painting from Colors the Clown and more.

Now in its 8th year, the event was hosted by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department with help from Chelsea and Stockbridge police departments. The event also had wide support from many community businesses and organizations.

Donations were received from Dexter Community Schools, Lincoln Community School, Ypsilanti Public Schools, Meijer’s on Zeeb Road, Dexter Busch’s, Wal-Mart on Ellsworth Road, Dexter’s Country Market, Big Lots on Ellsworth Road, Dexter Village Bear Claw, Subway on Whittaker Road, Kmart on Washtenaw Ave, Subway on Ecorse Road, Aubrey’s Restaurant on Whittaker Road, Save a lot on Washtenaw Ave, the Dollar Store on Washtenaw Ave, and Chipotle on Washtenaw Ave.



Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 2:59 p.m.

Mikey2u...hope you are satisfied with the answer from cell19. Thanks for the beer but I'd prefer you donate the cost to charity. As far as the "cost" of the deputies of $144K+, if you have ever been involved in governmental or private sector job cost accounting, you'd know why. The "burden" rate is applied to each position. That amount does not reflect the actual amount of payroll for each deputy, but includes their "share", if you will of the overall costs, and probably right down to the cost of toilet paper in the men's room at the jail. Now I bet you the amount of a beer to be donated, you don't pay up on the bet.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 7:56 p.m.

You will all be glad to know that these officers volunteer their time to this program. These men and women give their lives to service this community and we should be grateful for them. How can you question the amount of money 1 deputy receives when they risk so much in a 8 hour shift?? Thanks to all that volunteer and donate for this wonderful program for the KIDS!!!! Hope they keep it going.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 7:15 p.m.

DJM, why would you think this is a volunteer situation? I bet you a beer that they were on the clock, probably being paid overtime, and driving county vehicles. Arent you even curious why each deputy contracted through the county costs $144,802 a year?


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 3:46 p.m.

Mikey2u...I would think this is a volunteer situation. As far as losing 7 patrolling Deputies, maybe you could get a big dog, or an alarm system.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 3:03 p.m.

Due to budget constraints, Ypsilanti Township is loosing the services of 7 Deputies. Are these Deputies volunteering their time or are they on the time clock? If we cant afford for them to patrol the neighborhoods, we cant afford for them to be doing this.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 2:27 p.m.

So glad to see our law enforcement personnel going above and beyond! Not only do they put themselves in harm's way each day to protect our population, they give even more of themselves! Thanks to them all and may God keep them safe.