Sixteen youngsters joined off-duty London Police officers for some fishing and a cookout at the Gwynne Conservation Area just outside of London during the second annual “Casting with Cops” on Friday.
The yearly event is made possible in part through funding from an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife “Step Outside” education program grant. The Step Outside Grant is designed to promote outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, and shooting sports, and is given to a maximum value of $500.
Additional financial support came from the Target Distribution Center in West Jefferson.
Through the grant funding, each participant received a fishing pole and small tackle box, hopefully instilling in them a love and respect for the natural outdoors.
The officers of London Police Department provided lunch, bait, and a little bit of insight on pond fishing for the kids. For many of the youngsters, this was the first time they had ever been fishing.
And while no angling records may have been broken, the kids enjoyed the positive experience and the officers were more than happy to provide the opportunity — one that some of the kids might have not been afforded otherwise.
“The department is grateful to our local London City Schools administration who partnered with officers in identifying area children that would most likely benefit from this opportunity,” said London Police Department Chief Glenn Nicol via news release/written statement. “Also to be recognized for making the event successful is the OSU Farm Science Review, who allowed us to utilize their grounds for the morning. Again, thanks to ODNR and Target for the funding provided.”
Reach Andrew Garrett at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616.
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