Approximately 25 local children joined London Police Chief Glenn Nicol and other members of the London Police Department for a morning of fishing on Friday. The event, named “Casting with a Cop,” was held at the Gwynne Conservation Area on Arbuckle Road.
“One of the goals was to target those without the opportunity to do something like this,” said Chief Nicol. The police department partnered with the Madison County Job and Family Services to identify children who may benefit most from the experience.
The event was made possible through a grant from the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s “Step Outside” education program. Chief Nicol said, “The money from the state allows us to give fishing and hunting education to kids who may not have the opportunity to get it.” Money from the grant also allowed the department to provide a fishing pole and a small tackle box to each of the participating kids.
In addition to providing educational exposure to the environment, the event allowed the kids to interact with officers on a personal basis. One sought out benefit of the interaction was to get the children comfortable with police officers in a more positive setting. After getting to fish in the area’s pond, the children then joined the officers for a lunch of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.
Other partners helping with the event included the London Church of the Nazarene, which provided a van for transporting some of the participants, and State Wildlife Officer Matt Teders, who was onsite assisting the officers and kids with knowledge of the activities and area.
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.