Cookies with Cops set to honor local law enforcement

File photoBryce Bohlen shoots pool with Sgt. James Thurman of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department during Cookies with Cops in 2018.

The theme for this year’s Cookies with Cops, set to go from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, is “Real Heroes Don’t Wear Capes!”

It’s a saying that Maggie Scott, an organizer of the event, admitted she often says, and it’s one that she hopes appeals to families.

The fifth annual event, which will take place at the Self Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club, 710 S. Miller St., offers an opportunity for children to meet local officers while dressed up as their favorite superheroes.

“It’s a time to come interact on a more casual basis, and enjoy each other’s company,” she said.

She has encouraged officers to come up with their own superhero names for the day and wants families to dress up as a superhero.

Last year’s event was initially postponed before ultimately being canceled due to poor weather. This year’s forecast, while rainy, has Scott far more optimistic. While it will likely rain during the indoor event, the temperature is expected to be in the low 60s.

“I can deal with rain,” she said with a laugh.

Children will be able to enjoy cookies and meet and play games with local officers. Scott said she received donations from Walmart and Linne’s Bakery for the event, which started in 2015.

Any law enforcement officer in Shelby County, including the Shelbyville Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, the prosecutor’s office, probation officers, correctional officers and asset prevention officers, are invited to attend.

Scott said she is trying to get as many officers to stop by but, oftentimes, they aren’t looking for the recognition.

Thursday was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which served as the genesis of the event.