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Cops trade in cuffs for carts, help kids shop for Christmas gifts

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SC Police Chief Doug Young was one of 10 police officers to help children shop for Christmas presents. SC Police Chief Doug Young was one of 10 police officers to help children shop for Christmas presents.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Police officers have dangerous jobs, and for kids, that can be a bit scary.

The Sioux City Police Department continued its holiday tradition that lets cops put aside their handcuffs for shopping carts. It's called "Shop with a Cop," where police help children find presents for their families.

Dallas Fester is shopping without a list, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a plan.

"My mom, my dad, my sister and me," said Fester.

"He had an idea of what he wanted and knew where to go," said Doug Young, Sioux City police chief.

Fester is out with Sioux City police chief Doug Young, making his way up and down the aisles, in search of just the right gift.

"Just to help them out a little bit and make them feel like they're a big part of Christmas," said Young.

Valerie Rose is among the ten police officers chauffeuring children through the store. It's the third year she's done it, and she says it keeps getting better.

"It's just an awesome experience for both the officers and the families of the kids, as well as the kids," said Rose, a patrol officer.

Police say it's a great way for the kids to grow more comfortable with men and women patrolling the streets.

"Being able to hang out with a cop, even if it's for a couple of hours, they just love that," said Rose. "And of course, the shopping. They absolutely love it."

Each shopper gets a $100 Walmart gift card to use.

"He was willing to give up something that was a little bit bigger, so that somebody else could have a bigger gift," said Young.

While they're shopping, they price check, and then head to check out, before going to wrap the gifts. That's not how the story ends, though.

After they finished shopping, which the kids thought was just for family and friends, they received a brand new bicycle.

It left some speechless.

"It's just an amazing experience, just to see their faces light up," said Rose. "I had a gal earlier, a little girl earlier, she was almost in tears when she got her bike. She wasn't expecting that at all."

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