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"Cops and Kids"

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FORT OGLETHORPE, GA. (WRCB)-- Christmas came early for a group of North Georgia kids.

Nine-year-old Maverick Miller ran from isle to isle Saturday at the Wal-Mart in Fort Oglethorpe.

Maverick was one of 10 children who got the chance to shop with a police officer.

Five families were selected this year. Each child got $200 to spend on clothing and toys.

Samantha Miller says for her son Maverick, it's about much more than games and toys.

Maverick has Asperger's, a form of autism, and has a fear of police officers.

"Even fire trucks and all that he's afraid of," says Miller. "But he's getting over the fear."

"Maybe something happens and they need a police officer, we don't want them to be afraid to go up to a police officer and ask for help," says Chuck Hewitt with the Fraternal Order of Police.

The program known as "Cops and Kids" is funded through the Fraternal Order of Police.

Officers from Ringgold, and Catoosa and Walker counties participated.

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