Maybe if they catch a fish with a local cop, area children will be more comfortable around police.
At least that's the hope behind next week's fourth annual Cops and Kids Fishing Day.
"We try to let them know that we're human too and that we're approachable," said Moffat County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Jantz.
The fishing day is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Moffat Coun--ty Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. The event is free.
Jantz said that in addition to sheriff's deputies, Craig Police officers, Colorado State Patrol troopers and officers with the Colo----rado Division of Wildlife will be at the event.
The fishing day isn't really a competition, Jantz said, but there will be prizes for the most fish caught, biggest fish and the first fish. There's also a prize for the ugliest fish caught.
Hopefully, by participating at the fishing day, kids learn that police officers are the good guys, Jantz said.
"We try to let them know that we laugh and joke, too," Jantz said.
The event is also a chance for kids to catch some fish, something that isn't always easy for younger children, Jantz said.
If kids don't have a fishing pole, the Division of Wildlife will have 50 on hand to use.
What: Cops and Kids Fishing DayWhen: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Lil' Rascals Pond at Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St.Cost: Free
Attending the fishing day also lets kids know that the Lil' Rascals Pond is there.
Some kids in the past have said they didn't know the pond, which is on the south side of the safety center, was even there, Jantz said.
Volunteers recently built a concrete walkway at the pond.
Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or firstname.lastname@example.org.