Sgt. Monica Kuhlt honored for off-duty community service

COTTONWOOD -- During the March 14 monthly meeting of the Verde Valley Company, Arizona Rangers, Captain Gary Jordan presented an appreciation plaque to Sgt. Monica Kuhlt of the Cottonwood Police Department who heads up the local Shop With a Cop program, according to Craig Libby, Public Information Officer for the Arizona Rangers company.

"Each year law enforcement agencies of the Verde Valley participate in the event which is designed to have an officer take a child that is less fortunate or who has encountered a tragic event and give them a little one on one time with a police officer while Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart," explained Jordan. "For the last five years the Arizona Rangers have worked closely with Sgt. Kuhlt as a partner providing Ranger interaction with the children and monetary donations. The Arizona Rangers are currently planning a major fund raising project to assist the Shop With a Cop program for years to come."

According to Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell, "Sergeant Kuhlt routinely invests her personal time and energy in community-oriented programs like Shop with a Cop. Her understanding of the need to connect with those we serve in very humanistic ways is exactly what we like to showcase as a role model in policing. In this case, she worked with the AZ Rangers to make a difference in children's lives and also demonstrate to these youngsters that we are the good guys there to protect them."

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