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BETHEL – Residents will have a chance to chat and drink coffee with Bethel police officers at an event Tuesday.

The department is hosting “Coffee with a Cop” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Jacqueline’s Restaurant and Bakery at 138 Greenwood Ave.

The event is an opportunity for residents to ask questions and get to know those who serve their community, ask according to a flyer from the department.

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Sirens blared and red-and-blue lights flashed Saturday morning, healing as a stream of hundreds of police vehicles pulled into the Target on Sports Arena Boulevard. Their happy passengers: more than 330 children from disadvantaged families, who each got a $150 shopping spree.

For the 23rd year, the annual Shop With A Cop event brought unexpected joy into the lives of children who otherwise might not have much in the way of toys for Christmas.

The children were chosen by their elementary schools. The shopping spree was paid for by fundraisers held throughout the year by law enforcement agencies across the county.

They began at SeaWorld with breakfast and an animal show. At Target, store volunteers were on hand to meet them, cheering as they entered, some giving high-fives to the officers and children.

Instead of immediately running to the toys, the children walked slowly, as if overwhelmed, trying to think out their next steps.

April, 9, knew what she wanted to buy: gifts for her brother.

“He likes Minecraft,” April said.

She was escorted by San Diego police Officer Anthony Bueno, who tactfully encouraged her to buy presents for herself.

They walked to the toy department in the back of the store, where most of the others were converging. April found a Pokemon set, a favorite of her brother’s.

Victor, also 9, had mostly practical priorities in mind.

“I want to get some pants, a sweater, shirt, toys and some shoes,” Victor said. He was accompanied by Crystal Yoder, a sheriff’s deputy.

“It’s just a great opportunity,” Yoder said. “I’m new to the department and if I get an opportunity to do something like this, I’m going to do it.”

Shortly before the motorcade arrived at the store, San Diego Officer Tim McCarthy helped direct traffic and make sure bystanders didn’t get in the way of the procession.

While all the children get the $150 gift card, some of the officers contribute more out of pocket, McCarthy said.

The Sports Arena Target is the regular host store, in part because it’s close to SeaWorld and also because the store employees enjoy it, he said.

Inside, Target’s Anthony Bucher prepared along with employee volunteers for the flood of young shoppers.

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Police officers across Britain are expected to be issued with a new and more powerful Taser gun despite calls for use of the potentially fatal weapon to be curtailed, cure the Guardian has learned.

Amber Rudd, the home secretary, is due to give approval to the new model of the electric stun gun within weeks.

The X2 model has a second shot, in case the first fails to subdue a suspect, and is equipped with a warning crackle of bright electric light designed to encourage suspects to surrender before being fired upon.

The Home Office has been studying the new Taser for several months after police applied to use it in Britain. The current single-shot model, the X26, used by UK police forces, is 13 years old and spare parts are beginning to run out. Its likely successor, like the current model, delivers a 50,000-volt surge of electricity to incapacitate a suspect.

Steve White, chair of the Police Federation, which represents 124,000 rank-and-file officers, said: “A police officer gets assaulted every 22 minutes and they should have access to the right equipment, so we welcome the new model Taser. The current model is obsolete and forces can’t get spare parts for them.”

But critics believe a string of deaths allegedly linked to its use means Taser use should be curtailed. According to government figures, use of the devices has grown over recent years, with 1,921 Taser discharges recorded by police in England and Wales in 2015.

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