By Kent Berkley
The Door County Sheriff’s Office, working in in collaboration with the Sturgeon Bay Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, held the 15th annual Chop and Shop with a Cop event this past Saturday. The program pairs a child with a member of law enforcement for the day as they cut down a tree and do Christmas shopping for the child’s family. Lieutenant Tammy Sternard of the Door County Sherriff’s Department, says she is overwhelmed each year by the community support they receive. She stated that one of the secondary benefits of the event is that children and families get the opportunity to engage with law enforcement officers in a positive, community-oriented context.
Lieutenant Sternard says it is important for young people to see law enforcement officers as regular people who care about family, community and helping others.