Cops ‘N Kids is a national initiative, founded in 1997 by Julia Burney Witherspoon, a police officer from Racine, Wisconsin. There are now over 70 Cops ‘N Kids literacy programs in the US and three other countries.
On February 5, 2013, citizen Roger Bonngard contacted Julia Burney Witherspoon to learn more about her program. On that day, Cops ‘N Kids Chandler was created. Subsequently, the Chandler Police Department formally stated they would like to partner with Cops ‘N Kids with the promise of promoting literacy and reducing crime in Chandler. The agencies working with children and families in under-served neighborhoods have created a coalition to further address the literacy issue for children.
Cops ‘N Kids Chandler is recognized by the State of Arizona as a Non-Profit Corporation and has applied for the IRS 501c3 determination.
Cops ‘N Kids:
- ensures that every child has access —in his or her home—to books and the knowledge, inspiration and hope that such access can provide.
- encourages positive relationships between children and police and community members.
- inspires creative learning for children and families by providing meaningful literacy-based experiences.