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Here’s how you can take part in this year’s “Shop with a Cop Motorcycle Ride” in Dawson County
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Community members from around the region will soon put their kickstands up for the Dawson County Sheriff Office’s annual “Shop with a Cop Motorcycle Ride.” 

The benefit ride, which raises funds for DCSO’s “Shop with a Cop” program, is set for Saturday, Oct. 7.

Participants will meet at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville. Sign up will start at 8:30 a.m., and kickstands will go up at 9:45 a.m., according to a flyer for the event. 

Riders will proceed north and then west through Dawson County’s scenic corridors before turning around and proceeding back to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

The “Shop with a Cop” program helps Dawson County children receive gifts for Christmas. After the annual benefit ride in October, DCSO deputies and officers from other area law enforcement agencies go with children to local stores during the holiday season to buy gifts.

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Dawson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and school administrators help students choose toys for their Christmas wish lists during the agency’s 16th annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Walmart on Monday, Dec. 19. - photo by Julia Hansen

Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson expressed gratitude for all who support DCSO’s “Shop with a Cop” program and invited area motorcyclists to join the ride and “help to brighten the lives of some less fortunate children in our own county.”

“Every year we are reminded of just how blessed we are to live and serve in Dawson County,” Johnson said. “There are no shortages of caring and giving community members, who simply desire to make a difference.”