The Hiram Police Department recently received a $500 "Step Outside" grant from the Ohio Department of Wildlife, which will help pay for a community program called "Cops and Kids Fishing Day."
The intent of "Cops and Kids Fishing Day" is to bring community children closer to law enforcement officers and build lifelong bonds.
"Kids will spend time fishing with police officers and having a fun day, we will have many items to give away at the event, contests, prizes, as well as lunch," Hiram Police Chief Ed Samec said. "This is a program designed to bring police officers and kids closer together, build bonds and friendships, and it also is directed toward building family unity, parents are encouraged to participate in the event and join in with the fun."
The event will be free of charge to anybody who attends. It is scheduled to take place this summer at Camp Asbury in Hiram.
"In our busy and hectic lifestyles nowadays, it is easy to let family unity slip by a bit," Samec said. "This program is also geared toward reminding families that 'quality' time is important and does not have to cost a lot of money."