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      Shop with an Albany cop

      An officer helps a family check out.

      Since 1968, the Fraternal Order of Police has been hosting Shop with a Cop as a way of giving back to the community.

      Police officers from the Albany Police Department and Albany State University were paired with 108 kids to take them shopping at the K-Mart in Albany.

      Officers say this is a nice way to give back, and get to know the people they serve.

      "These are people I interact with on a daily basis; actually the young man that I had lives on the beat that I patrol. I mean I've seen him once, and I learned a lot about him today," said APD Patrolman Jason Curtis.

      The children chose to shop today were carefully selected with the help of social workers and church groups. Stay connected to MySouthWestGA.com as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!