DeRidder Police Department holding 'Tase-A-Cop' fundraiser - FOX29 Lake Charles

DeRidder Police Department holding 'Tase-A-Cop' fundraiser

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DeRidder Officer of the Year Cpl. Kristopher Pruett (Source: DeRidder Police Department) DeRidder Officer of the Year Cpl. Kristopher Pruett (Source: DeRidder Police Department)

The DeRidder Police Department is planning a "shocking" fundraiser for its Christmas toy drive.

The department will give one community member the chance to shock an officer with a Taser gun.

You read that right. You can purchase a single raffle ticket for $5, or pay $20 for five tickets to have the chance to shock Officer of the Year Cpl. Kristopher Pruett with a Taser. People who purchase tickets will also have the chance to win a Ruger .22 rifle.

Pruett with the DeRidder Police Department will be shocked by one lucky person 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at Veteran's Park at 509-599 Ronald Reagan Hwy in DeRidder.

"Since I brought it to the table, I figured I should be the one to volunteer," said Pruett.

He got the idea off the internet in hopes of increasing fundraising at the Spring Break Splash event hosted by the DeRidder Police Officers Union Local 222

"My wife has a bit of money saved up," said Pruett who added that his friends and family have been donating to her.

He said 'Tase-A-Cop' is meant to be educational as well as entertaining.

"A Taser instructor certified officer is going to make sure everything is safe and conducted just to make sure everything is safe and conducted just like we would during training," said Pruett. 

"There have been a few people saying 'I would pay money to see a cop being tased' so now we are going to ask you to put your money where your mouth is," said DeRidder Police Dept. Chief John Gott said.

Gott said by selling raffle tickets to give one adult the opportunity to 'Tase-A-Cop,' as well as a chance to win other items like patio furniture, a Yeti cooler and a Ruger .22 rifle - all items donated by the community.

They hope to raise enough money for the department's Christmas Toy Drive. 

"It's not where they just get one toy, the whole family receives gifts and enough if that's all they get for Christmas they have a great Christmas," said Chief Gott. 

The free event will feature everything from bounce houses to a dunking booth to a splash pad and live music as well as free food.

Chief Gott said this event is twofold for him.

"I couldn't think of a better time to try and raise money to celebrate the birth of Christ as opposed to this weekend, which we recognize as being the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ," he said. 

You must be 18 or older to purchase a raffle ticket.

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