Bonney Lake Police "Overwhelmed" With Community Support for Shop With A Cop

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, the Bonney Lake Police Department is confident that this year's Shop with a Cop will be a great success. Officer Todd Green expresses his thanks and his department's support of Target.

Editors Note: This is a press release from the Bonney Lake Police Department regarding recent questions and issues surrounding the department's Shop With a Cop holiday program.


As spokesperson for the Bonney Lake Police Department, I would like to take this opportunity to address some recent concerns about the 2012 Shop with a Cop program in regards to fundraising at the Bonney Lake Target Store.

After a recent news article posted in the Bonney Lake-Sumner Patch about the cancelation of the fundraising event scheduled for November 15, 2012, we have received an overwhelming amount of support from concerned citizens in and around our community. We would like to thank everyone for their concern and assure our community that this program will continue this year and for many years to come. We are confident that the funding needed to make this program a success will be acquired as we have already received numerous donations from multiple sources.

We would also like to address any of those concerned about how the Bonney Lake Target is handling this event. Let us first express that the Bonney Lake Target store has been and is still one of our police departments most important supporters. They have been a valued member of our community and have given so much to our events including Shop with a Cop and National Night Out. We as a police department could not be happier with the Bonney Lake Target and we hope that the community understands that they are simply following policies set forth by their corporate offices.

As Police Officers that adhere to sets of policies and procedures, we respect their decisions to uphold their corporate policies and ask that our citizens do as well. I have been in contact with Target about this situation both locally and on a national level and have been told that they will work with us to obtain the necessary funding needed to make sure every child enrolled in the 2012 Shop with a Cop program is taken care of.

With the donations already received by the Bonney Lake Target, the Bonney Lake Police Officers Guild and our Citizens, there is no doubt in my mind that this years event will be there for those children in need this Holiday Season.
Donations of cash or Target Gift Cards to the 2012 Shop with a Cop program are still being accepted and can be dropped off at the Bonney Lake Police Department, Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm.

Again, thank you to everyone that has come forward and expressed concerns for this program. This is just another example of how great our community is and how the citizens of Bonney Lake constantly step up to support their friends and neighbors in need.

All of us at the Bonney Lake Police Department hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

Officer Todd Green (Shop with a Cop Coordinator)

Lauren Padgett November 16, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Thanks to Todd Green and the Bonney Lake Police Department for updating us with this good news about support for the Shop with a Cop program. I think what Todd says here about his department's continued support of Target is important too - they support the Bonney Lake community a lot, and while I personally don't agree with Target on the decision to drop the fundraiser, I think most of us can understand and appreciate that sometimes corporate protocol is something that we all just have to accept. It's good to know Target was willing to make sure every kid who was signed up would be able to participate.
Lauren Padgett November 16, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I'd also like to add this statement, on behalf of Target. One of our Patch readers shared this with us: "Target partners year-round with local law enforcement across the country, including the Bonney Lake Police Department. Working with the Bonney Lake Police Department, we annually evaluate how we can partner to make a positive impact in the community. As a part of that, since 2007, Target has supported the Bonney Lake Shop with a Cop program with a grant to help kids in need buy holiday gifts for their families. We remain committed to the Shop with a Cop program and are partnering closely with the local police department to make this year’s event a success. Target is focused on creating a great shopping experience for our guests, which includes providing them with a distraction-free shopping environment. Therefore, we prohibit solicitation or petitioning at our stores regardless of the cause or issue being represented. We continue to educate our stores across the country to ensure they have a thorough understanding of Target’s policies. Target donates 5 percent of our profits to communities—more than $4 million per week—and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours each year to non-profit organizations across the country and continuously evaluate our partnerships to ensure they are supporting the community." Sincerely, Benjamin Target Executive Offices
Cathy Cunningham November 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Thank you for explaining the situation. I do not agree with Target's decision (I'd LOVE to see a kid and a BLPD cop shopping together while I am in the store and it would've made me glad to be a Target customer!!!!!) but it's nice to know that Target is still supporting this year's effort. No one should be angry with our local Target store...they are just following orders. Thanks to our BLPD, our great community and our LOCAL Target store for the support!!!


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