When you see law enforcement outside of stores, it's usually not a good thing. However, if you stepped inside area Wal-Marts on Sunday, you might have been pleasantly surprised. Officers and children were doing some holiday shopping together for the annual Holidays and Heroes event.
"It gives us a chance to make contact with these kids and show them that law enforcement really does care about them and the community," Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said.
Every year, agencies from Spokane and Kootenai Counties team up with Walmart to brighten the holidays for less fortunate families. Officers pick up the kids from their house in a patrol car and bring them to the store to buy gifts for the family.
?These kids are really thoughtful about what they purchase, it's not all about the toys and that," Knezovich said.
Jesse Malin was one of the roughly 100 kids that went shopping today.