(Las Vegas CBS KXNT) Las Vegas Metro Police officers have to perform some grim tasks throughout the year. But some of them have volunteered for a happy holiday mission this weekend —  taking  underprivileged kids on a shopping trip to Target.

Target makes a grant for the project each year, Metro’s Jennifer Knight told KXNT.  The company donated  third of this year’s total $16,000 budget. The rest of the money is raised internally by the department from private sources, starting in the summer.

This year’s buget suports holiday shopping for about 100 children. The recipients are selected by  metro’s officers and employees as they move about their beats.

Tomorrow morning before the Target Store is open at Decatur and Meadows Lane, volunteer officers will each be set up with one child and a pocket full of gift certificates.

Knight says there’s a secondary objective to the day, as the children get to see the full range of Metro services. Search and rescue is on hand, bringing Santa to the site in a helicopter. The K-9 dogs are on hand, and the children also get to visit with the horses used by the Strip’s mounted patrol.

“It’s great for the kids to get an exposure to what we do on a daily basis, because Metro is so diverse,” Knight says.


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