Christmas shopping with new friendsPhotos by Steve Spoden Members of the Lombard Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and Lombard police officers teamed up to host their 18th annual Shop with a Cop. The event is the largest undertaking by the alumni members each year. Officers and alumni members traveled by squad car to pick up children from 10 Lombard families early Saturday morning, Dec. 3. With lights flashing and sirens blaring, a caravan of squad cars then left village hall and traveled to Target in Yorktown Center where officers, alumni members and the young shoppers enjoyed a light breakfast courtesy of Target. Once breakfast was over, the shoppers hit the aisles as they searched for presents for family members on the young shoppers’ lists. Once the shopping was completed, they headed back to the village hall to wrap the presents, have lunch and await the arrival of Santa. Lombard Police Sgt. Joe Menolascino is the department’s liaison officer and coordinator of the event.