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Doral police reach out to the community

Santa gets a big hug from mom Samantha on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Walmart in Doral. Walmart teamed up with the Doral Police Department to host the annual “Shop with a Cop.” More than 50 children from low income families received a Walmart gift cards and could choose gifts throughout the store alongside Doral police.
Santa gets a big hug from mom Samantha on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Walmart in Doral. Walmart teamed up with the Doral Police Department to host the annual “Shop with a Cop.” More than 50 children from low income families received a Walmart gift cards and could choose gifts throughout the store alongside Doral police. Miami Herald staff

The Doral police department has been busy this holiday season, with many officers going the extra mile to reach out to the community in December.

Last week, three officers were sent to New York City to attend the funeral of two fallen officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were shot to death in their police car after weeks of anti-police protests. Two other officers attended the funeral of another fallen officer who was killed in Tarpon Springs.

After a young tourist was accidentally shot in the leg by her mother in a hotel on Dec. 26, the lead detective on the case, Roberto Gomez, followed up with a visit to the hospital and gave the 9-year-old a board game, a teddy bear and a diary to help pass the time.

Other officers visited The Children’s Rehab Network in South Miami on Dec. 22. One officer, who dressed up as Santa, took pictures and distributed gifts to the children.

And on Dec. 20, a fleet of officers gave 50 underprivileged children $100 Walmart gift cards and took them shopping.

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