Auburn Police Department

Shop with a Cop
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Shop with a Cop Application

The Auburn Police Department welcomes the opportunity to work with today’s youth, particularly underprivileged children who may not have the same opportunities as others their age. Shop with a Cop is one of the ways we reach out to these children and their families.

Through Shop with a Cop, children in need (who reside in Auburn) are able to purchase gifts for Christmas and needed items for themselves (such as coats, hats, gloves, boots or other winter items).

The Auburn Police Departments strives to make the event an engaging and exciting one. An Auburn Police Department representative picks up children and takes them to Walmart to shop. Afterward, children are treated to a meal at a local restaurant. At the end of the excursion, children are returned safely to their home.

Deadline for applications: Nov. 30, 2021

You can also download and print off the Shop With A Cop Application and return it to the address on the form.

Rules and guidelines


  • Previous participants are not eligible to apply.
  • Any child age 15 and under on the shopping day is eligible.
  • The child must be present on the shopping day in order to participate.
  • Eligible children must reside full time within the city of Auburn, IN.

Applications Requirements:

  • Your application must be filled out completely and include a valid telephone number.
  • You must enclose a copy of a current utility bill or current lease to show proof of residency in Auburn.

How it Works:

  • Children are picked up and returned home by a member of the Auburn Police Department.
  • During the shopping trip, children are accompanied by a representative of the Auburn Police Department (generally a uniformed Auburn Police Officer) and given an amount of money to spend.
  • Children are required to buy one needed item for themselves, such as a coat, hat, gloves or sweatshirts/sweaters.
  • The parent or a guardian of the child(ren) will meet a representative of the Auburn Police Department at Wal-Mart to shop for a surprise Christmas gift for their children. This may be on a separate day from the Shop With A Cop outing.
  • If funds allow, parents will also able to shop for some food/household items on that day. No alcohol or cigarettes will be purchased.

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