Utah kids 'Shop with a Cop' for the holidays

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Santa's elves took the day off Saturday, but some Utah police officers stepped in to cover their shift.

The annual "Shop with a Cop" event kicked off in West Jordan. It pairs officers with about 100 children in need.

The officers and their new partners rode in a police convoy together, ate breakfast and then did some holiday shopping.

Utah kids 'Shop with a Cop' for the holidays

Tom Gallegos with the Salt Lake City Police Department said, "It's fantastic. If you saw the kids in the police cars with the lights and sirens -- I mean, it's smiles galore."

Salt Lake City police officer Sean Josephson agreed. "Look at their faces. That tells it all," he said.

All of the kids said they had a great time, and everyone left with a smile on their face.

Even Santa made an appearance at the event. He showed up by air, but without his regular reindeer escort. This time, he flew in by helicopter.

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