Shop with a Cop is a national program pairing police officers with children to afford them a better holiday season.  This will be the third Shop with a Cop event that Newtown Township, Newtown Borough and Upper Makefield Police Departments will participate in. The program allows children to view police officers in a different atmosphere which helps promote positive relationships. The Shop with a Cop program is funded solely through the generosity of our local community’s residents and businesses. Volunteers from the community assist with gift wrapping, hosting, and registration.  

Police officers from Newtown Township, Newtown Borough and Upper Makefield Township Police Departments volunteer their personal time to support the program.  We anticipate over 60 children will participate in the program this year. The program’s participants are elementary students from the Council Rock School District.  These children face life challenges such as a parent losing a job, homelessness, military deployment, economic shortcomings, and other hardships.  Each child is allotted a gift card to purchase gifts for themselves and their family members.  

Much thanks to Target for hosting the program and providing supplies. A special thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers, our local community partners and the Council Rock School District for supporting this program.  

Multiple police departments will share the same date for their Shop with a Cop (SWAC) shopping at the Target on Route 1 in Middletown Township.  Middletown Township Police have a special not for profit bank account in order to receive tax deductible donations and for the second year have agreed to assist our groups by accepting donations from our donors and tracking them separate from their own account.   

If you would like to make a donation:

Please make checks payable to “Middletown Community Foundations”, AND please note on the memo line - write;

Newtown Twp.-SWAC

- or - 

Newtown Boro-SWAC

- or -

Upper Makefield Twp-SWAC 

Mail the checks to:

Newtown Township Police Department 

ATTN: Corporal Paul J. Deppi 

100 Municipal Drive

Newtown, PA 18940

***The Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund has pledged to match all donations up to $2,500 to the Shop with a Cop Program made from October 15th to October 29th, 2020.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: 

• This event will follow social distancing guidelines, which will include but not limited to, staying 6 feet apart from Participants, Officers and others. All participants shall be wearing masks. 

• Scheduled times will be spread out throughout the day to allow for proper social distancing. 

• Parents/guardians of participants will be required to complete a questionnaire regarding COVID-19 symptoms of their son/daughter prior to participating in the event.  Any parent or guardian who does not complete the questionnaire will be verbally screened upon arrival to the store and participants temperatures will be taken 


If you have any questions, please contact Corporal Paul J. Deppi at pauld@twp.newtown.pa.us or call 215-579-100 x280.