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13 cheerful photos from Austin's 2023 Shop with a Cop that will make you smile

Austin Asst. Police Chief Gizette Gaslin hugs Analyz Domingos, 8, after their shopping spree at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Austin Asst. Police Chief Gizette Gaslin hugs Analyz Domingos, 8, after their shopping spree at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Austin Independent School District Police Lt. Pablo Reynaga escorts Jorgelis Renteria, 7, left, and Melissa Estrada, 7, into Target at Capital Plaza for the annual “Shop with a Cop” event on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Austin Independent School District Police Lt. Pablo Reynaga escorts Jorgelis Renteria, 7, left, and Melissa Estrada, 7, into Target at Capital Plaza for the annual “Shop with a Cop” event on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Austin Police Department Interim Chief Robin Henderson participates in the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Austin Police Department Interim Chief Robin Henderson participates in the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Travis County constable Steve De Avila shops with Greyson Alvarado, 7, at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Travis County constable Steve De Avila shops with Greyson Alvarado, 7, at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Azul Solis, 8, finds a plush unicorn toy at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Azul Solis, 8, finds a plush unicorn toy at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Travis County constable Alta Villarreal shops with Julisa Saucedo, 8, and Azul Solis, 8, right, at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Travis County constable Alta Villarreal shops with Julisa Saucedo, 8, and Azul Solis, 8, right, at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Austin Independent School District Police Lt. Pablo Reynaga shops with Melissa Estrada, 7, left, and Jorgelis Renteria, 7, at Target at Capital Plaza during the annual “Shop with a Cop” event on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Austin Independent School District Police Lt. Pablo Reynaga shops with Melissa Estrada, 7, left, and Jorgelis Renteria, 7, at Target at Capital Plaza during the annual “Shop with a Cop” event on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Travis County constable Alta Villarreal shops with Julisa Saucedo, 8, and Azul Solis, 8, back left, at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Travis County constable Alta Villarreal shops with Julisa Saucedo, 8, and Azul Solis, 8, back left, at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Austin police Lt. Chris Casto shops with Lourdes Canales, 11, at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Austin police Lt. Chris Casto shops with Lourdes Canales, 11, at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Austin police Lt. Chris Casto and Lourdes Canales, 11, celebrate after their shopping spree at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Austin police Lt. Chris Casto and Lourdes Canales, 11, celebrate after their shopping spree at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Austin police officer Ricardo Medrano checks out with Junior Gonzales, 8, at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Austin police officer Ricardo Medrano checks out with Junior Gonzales, 8, at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Travis County constable Sgt. Salem Robinson shops with Jose Eduardo, 10, and Maria Samba, 8, at Target at Capital Plaza during the annual “Shop with a Cop” event on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Travis County constable Sgt. Salem Robinson shops with Jose Eduardo, 10, and Maria Samba, 8, at Target at Capital Plaza during the annual “Shop with a Cop” event on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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Travis County constable Marcel Gamboa greets students at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
Travis County constable Marcel Gamboa greets students at the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Target at Capital Plaza on Friday December 15, 2023. Dozens of Austin and Travis County law enforcement officers treated nearly 100 Austin Independent School District third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to a $175 shopping spree for holiday gifts for themselves and their family members. The annual event is made possible by donations to Amigos en Azul, an APD organization that aims to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the police department. A second “Shop with a Cop” event on Tuesday will provide gifts for another 200 students.
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