Realtors raise funds for 'Shop with a Cop' in Statesboro

Realtors raise funds for 'Shop with a Cop' in Statesboro
(Source: WTOC)

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Some kids only know police when something bad happens in their neighborhood and someone goes to jail.

A luncheon was held Thursday as one Statesboro business hopes to help police get to know children who need a good influence.

Money raised from the lunch will help Statesboro Police reach out to local youngsters like they haven't been able to do before.

Local realtor Craig Hunter and others at Century 21 put the houses on hold and served up hundreds of hamburgers. The money goes to a new Shop with a Cop Program. The company will help police officers mentor local youngsters in need. Statesboro's police chief says it's not just about spending money, but also spending time.

"We pair up an officer with a child and they get to have a relationship that's not an enforcement role. The child gets to see the officer is just a human being. The officer gets to see that the kid in need is just a kid," said Chief Mike Broadhead.

While programs with this name elsewhere focus on helping the children at Christmastime, this will be about spending time year round.

The chief says he's overwhelmed as this kind of support.

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