Santa Cop was started in 1980 when a handful of Lincoln Police Union members started the program. The idea was to start a program which would help the children of Lincoln who “fell through the cracks” of existing programs. The goal would be to serve children whose families did not receive assistance from other sources, experienced an unexpected sickness, suffered an injury, or lost their job which evolved into a financial crisis. Police officers recognize that children have no control over these events and knew they often went without at this special time of year. Each year the program receives overwhelming support from the community.
Shannon Karl–Lincoln Police Union Charities Representative