About 20 Arlington Heights police officers took 10 students Christmas shopping recently at the Target store on Rand Road.
The idea was that the youngsters, students in Arlington Heights Elementary District 25, get a chance to buy gifts for family members and have a positive experience with police officers, said Pete Hamrick, president of Metropolitan Alliance of Police Chapter 510.
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The union and Target each provided $500 so each child could have $100 to spend, he said.
Freshmen girls basketball players from Hersey High School wrapped the gifts, and the Arlington Height Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association also helped.