GLOUCESTER 一 Chief Edward Conley is pleased to report that the Gloucester Police Kops N Kids program will host a visit with Santa Claus at the Gloucester Police Community Impact Unit’s offices on Middle Street on Saturday.
Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Gloucester Police Department Community Impact Unit, 67 Middle St., Gloucester, MA
Santa Claus will visit the Gloucester Police Community Impact Unit to visit with community children and to sit for photographs. The event and photos are free, and there will be festive treats available for kids and guardians alike.
Members of the Community Impact Unit will decorate their conference room with a Christmas tree and festive backdrop for family photos with Santa. To view a video preview of the decorations, click here.
During the event, the Gloucester High School hockey team will be collecting new toys in their original packaging as part of a toy drive, so guests are encouraged to bring gifts if they are able.
Children are also asked to bring letters to Santa, along with a return address in case Santa has time to write back.
Kops N Kids launched in 2016, under the guidance of Lt. Jeremiah Nicastro, as a way for officers to engage with children in our community. Oftentimes when children first engage with a police officer it is during a traumatic event. Kops n Kids changes that by making a positive connection at a young age.
Community Impact Unit Officer Joe Parady, and School Resource Officers Mike Scola and Pete Sutera have grown the Kops n Kids program to include Ace, a Community Resource Dog, SRO_Gaming an interactive online gaming platform, the Youth Anglers Program, and after school programs.