Salt Lake City cops play Santa, munch donuts and build bridges with wary kids

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City’s Police Chief Mike Brown poses with Santa at the first ever Police Pay It Forward event, Saturday, December 16, 2017.
(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Officer William Caycho tries out the light sabers with Carlos Clemente as they shop in the Walmart toy aisles at the first ever Police Pay It Forward event, Saturday, December 16, 2017.

Police contacted the Salt Lake School District, which identified four elementary schools (Backman, Escalante, Parkview and Rose Park) where students and families could use some Christmas help. The schools and folks with state DCFS and the International Refugee Center chose the kids who participated.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Macadia Meyer lights up as she spots the toy she wanted to get for her sister while shopping in the Walmart toy aisle at the first ever Police Pay It Forward event, Saturday, December 16, 2017.

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