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Hammond Police Chief Rick Coltrain helps Nathan Luellen, North Hudson, sort through the jean selection during the "Shop with a Cop" event at the New Richmond Walmart Aug. 16.

Local cops offer a helping hand

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Police cruisers dominated the parking lot at the New Richmond Wal-Mart on Thursday, Aug. 16, but not because there was criminal activity happening at the store.

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For about five hours that day, local law enforcement personnel were inside to help disadvantaged kids with their back-to-school shopping.

The annual "Shop with a Cop" program, sponsored by The Salvation Army, provides new school clothing for families in need in Polk and St. Croix counties.

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