East Liverpool Cops and Kids program more than holiday shopping trip

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WYTV) – The East Liverpool Police Department is asking for the public’s help to make the holidays a little brighter for kids in the community.

For close to 20 years, the Fraternal Order of Police in East Liverpool has sponsored the Cops and Kids Program. Chief John Lane said the department started raising money in early October to ensure no child is left without, and they continue to accept donations.

“Some kids need more than others. We try to find families – we work with the schools. The schools really help us get the kids that need the most,” Lane said.

Lane said last year they helped 87 kids, spending about $225 on each child.

“We were over $20,000. Without donations, we definitely couldn’t pull that off,” Lane said.

Officers take the children to Walmart and buy them items they need, including a toy or two.

“The perfect situation is we would have one officer per kid, but we just don’t have that many officers. We end up getting two each, and we just get them what they need,” Lane said.

Officers from East Liverpool and the surrounding area team up for the yearly event. Lane said the program helps break down barriers and make the children feel safe around police.

“You’re trying to show these kids that we are not the enemy. You know you need help, that’s what we are here for,” Lane said.