Barbour ‘Shop with a Cop’ program expands

BELINGTON – Police and firefighters from throughout Barbour County will square off on the Philip Barbour High School basketball court Dec. 14 to raise money for 10 children as part of the annual “Shop with a Cop” program.

The project is sponsored by the Belington Police Department. Law enforcement and firefighting personnel from other counties also have been invited to participate.

The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Admission is $2 for children and $3 for adults.

Five students identified by their principals as needy will be chosen by Belington police to “Shop with a Cop.” Five others students who excel academically also will be chosen.

Police Chief D. J. Harris announced Thursday at a Belington City Council meeting that the event has been opened to the entire county and beyond this year. It had been confined to Belington personnel.

“I talked with law enforcement,” Harris said. “Everyone is on board.”

The event raised $1,400 last year, and Harris said he hopes the expanded participation will generate even more this year.

“Hopefully, opening it up countywide, we can do three times that,” Harris said. He added that donations can be sent to the Belington Police Department or dropped off at Belington City Hall.