Sheriff’s Office members accompany kids on Walmart shopping spree 

Staff Report 

Members of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office shared the joy of the holiday season with local children during the Shop with a Cop event held the weekend of Dec. 10-12. 

The Sheriff’s Office team members, including deputies, custody deputies and dispatchers, were partnered up with children at the Lompoc Walmart where they loaded up carts with toys, clothes and treats. 

“The Sheriff’s Office is proud to once again partner with the DSA, Walmart and Domestic Violence Solutions in this heart-warming program that serves children in need. Thanks to the generosity of all the participating organizations, this will be a bright and Merry Christmas for the young people involved,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said. “In addition to receiving toys and other gifts, the children also get the opportunity to interact one-on-one with some of the finest role models in our community: the men and women of law enforcement.”

This year’s event was hosted by the Santa Barbara Deputy Sheriff’s Foundation and was funded through private donations and the Walmart Community grant, which provided $4500 for the shopping experience. The 17 families with 42 children who participated this year were selected through Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara.