Christmas with a Cop


The Fairlawn Christmas with a Cop program was created to help families who may need a little assistance in helping to brighten their holiday season. Additionally, the program helps to strengthen relationships between the Community and local law enforcement. Fairlawn is a part of a larger organization, Summit County Christmas with a Cop, that includes officers from Akron PD, Bath PD, Children’s Hospital PD, Copley PD, Richfield PD, Summa PD, Summit County SO, and the University of Akron PD.

Each year, with help from the local school districts, a group of deserving children is selected and escorted by police officers and department personnel to shop for gifts for themselves and family members.

During prior years (Pre-COVID 19) the children participating in this holiday event were picked up at their residence by a police officer and driven in a cruiser to the Fairlawn Community Center. Once there, children and police officers from all over Summit County enjoyed breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus before receiving a $110 gift card. When everyone was finished eating, the children were escorted, in parade fashion, to the Fairlawn Wal-Mart where they used their gift cards to purchase items from their Christmas wish list. The money for the gift cards is raised by local law enforcement officers, dispatchers and civilian employees who begin selling raffle tickets in October of each year. This event, as well as our summer event “Carnival with a Cop,” is funded by corporate sponsors and fundraisers that officers participate in throughout the year to raise money.

Unfortunately, this year the event will be much different than in the past, but still an awesome experience! The children selected to participate will send their Christmas wish list to the “Officer Elves,” who will shop for the gifts and wrap them. On December 5, 2020, a parade of police cars will travel to the homes of the participants and officers will deliver the gifts to their front door. Parents will be notified in advance of an approximate time to expect the delivery so they may stay inside and watch from a window! Who knows, we may even have a jolly guest in a red suit join us for the event!

Please contact Officer Gayle Ames at with any questions regarding this program.

Anyone wishing to donate to this program may do so by submitting checks payable to:

Christmas with a Cop

Fairlawn Police Department

3487 S. Smith Rd.,

Fairlawn, OH 44333

Christmas with a Cop is a 501.c3 organization so all donations are tax deductible.

Thank you and, on behalf of the Fairlawn Police Department, Happy Holidays!

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