For over 15 years, the Greece Uniformed Patrolman’s Association has been proud to help brighten numerous kids holidays through our Shop-With-A-Cop program. Initially started by Officer Joe Coppeta, this annual holiday event continuously gets bigger and better every year.   Each of the eleven Greece Central Elementary Schools select several underprivileged children to attend this event.  Children are selected by school counselors, psychologists, teachers and building administration who know which kids are the most in need.

These children then meet on the first Saturday of December at a retail store where they are greeted with breakfast before they cheer on the arrival of the big guy himself…Santa Claus. The kids then get to enjoy spending time with uniformed police officers while they shop for toys, clothes and other items they want; up to their predetermined dollar amount.  After they compete their shopping trip, all participants are provided lunch before they leave.

All monies used for this event were raised through both the UPA’s annual golf tournament and yearly fundraising drive. In addition, all the people involved in this event volunteer their time so no taxpayer dollars are used.  Even the host store assist by helping to provide the food and crafts for the kids.

Our 2016 Shop-With-A-Cop event will be held at the Wal-Mart located on Dewey Avenue in the Town of Greece on December 3rd starting at 9:00am.  33 kids will be taking part in this years event.  Since the number of attendees depends on monies raised, please help us keep this great event going by donating to the Greece Uniformed Patrolman’s Association.

For more information or questions about this event, please contact Officer William Murray at wmurray@greeceny.gov