COCKEYSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — It is the largest event of its kind in the state, the 20th annual Shop with a Cop in Baltimore County.

The Patrol is stepping up as we head into the holidays, but they’re also forming relationships. Look at those carts full of gifts.

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One hundred officers and 100 children were in this year’s event. Barbie dolls, teddy bears, just a few of the gifts purchased Saturday.

It’s the perfect time to break down those barriers and make memories.

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“I think he’s having a great time. We drive with the police car and the lights on,” one officer said.  “Seeing everybody else here, you get to see a lot of the officers out that you haven’t seen in a long time. It’s something I look forward to every year.”

The Optimist Club provides each child with $100 to spend as he or she chooses.

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CBS Baltimore Staff