Cops ‘n Bobbers event yields 29 fish, but mainly time with kids

Photos and information from Capt. Bill Degnegaard, LaPorte Police Dept.

The fish were cold but the hot dogs, burgers and smiles were warm Saturday morning, May 11, 2019, for the annual Cops ‘n Bobbers event. The program has police and other local authorities do some fishing with local kids so they can all get to know one another better and have some fun.

We had 11 kids (ages ranging from 10-17) come out to our event and 7 judges for the event,” LaPorte Police Capt. Bill Degnegaard said. “The judges were Judge Alevizos, Judge Stalbrink, Magistrate Forker, Kirk Lawson, Miles Fettinger, Magistrate Munsey, and Clay Turner. Fourteen officers helped with event. We started at 0600 hours and fished for a few hours. We then gave trophies out and ate hamburgers and hot dogs. All the kids said they had a good time and had no complaints.

“We were able to do this thanks to donations from LaPorte Hospital, LaPorte Health Care Foundation, Wainscott Window Tinting (property where we fished), Walmart, Johnson Johns, Pheasants Forever, Judge Stalbrink, LaPorte Community Federal Credit Union, American Legion Post 83 (prepared and cooked food), Karahtess Clothing, and TEAM Service.

“Every kid received a fishing pole, tackle box with supplies, T-shirt and meal, with some of the lucky kids getting trophies. The kids were able to catch 29 fish total. The hope is to get kids to engage with officers and build community relationships and to mentor the youth in our community. It also helps show kids that there are more things to do then play on electronic devices.”

One Response to “Cops ‘n Bobbers event yields 29 fish, but mainly time with kids”

  1. Cappy

    May 12. 2019

    Awesome job by the La Porte Police and all who supported this terrific venture! A sure way to earn the respect of the youth in our community is to give them your time and attention.

    Mentoring works!

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