Cops & Kids in Amarillo go on $150 shopping spree

The first day of winter meant one thing for a group of children in Amarillo, a $150 shopping spree with officers for their annual Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Cops & Kids.

Local law enforcement selected a total of 14 families to participate in this year's event held at Walmart.

Jamie Trotter has a son and a daughter who were both selected. She said, "This is amazing and at the perfect time. When I got the phone call, I was jumping up and down like it was a miracle."

The event has been a tradition for local agencies for 17 years. The children are usually referred by a school counselor or an official from Amarillo Independent School District.

Officer James Young of Potter County Sheriff's Department was paired with little-man Victor Martinez, who when officers gave the green light to shop, he knew exactly what he wanted.

"Toys," Martinez said.

Robert Taylor is an officer at Amarillo College. He said although the time children spend with officers is limited to a few hours, he has seen how those few hours can impact an entire future.

"I've had some participants in our program that have gone on to college doing social work or going on to be police officers," Taylor said.