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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson police officers need your help. With the annual Kids and Cops event less than a month away, officers are concerned they might not be able to meet the needs.

A tough economy combined with the cancellation of this year's Oktoberfest, where officers raked in thousands of dollars to support the event has led to a big shortage of money. With more than 300 under-privileged children signed up for the event, the Tucson Police Officers Association is $12,000 short of it's fundraising goal this year.

During the Kids and Cops event each child gets $100 to spend, and shop with a cop at Target. TPOA President William Bonanno says in the past, it has been noted that the children do not just shop for toys, they are also shopping for much needed winter items, like jackets and gloves.

To make up for the shortfall, Officer Mike Miller came up with the creative idea of a "Battle of the Bands" fundraiser. The event is set to take place at the FOX Theater downtown on Nov. 15, and will feature five local bands, competing for the title of champion.

The featured bands will be Broken Romeo, Fatal Funnel, The Day on Fire, Southern, Reins and Funky Bonz. TPOS is also looking for a Battle of the Bands sponsor. Battle of the Bands tickets can be obtained in person at the FOX Theater, 17 W. Congress, 520-624-1515 or by going online to purchase tickets.

For more information about the event or to find out how you can help or get involved, you can get more information here.

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