COLUMBUS – Kids and parents alike made their way out to Pawnee Park this weekend to learn the ins and outs of fishing.
Columbus Police Officer Jeff Uhl says the kids get to eat a meal, as well as participate in classes, that teach them how to tie knots, cast their fishing rod, and identify different types of fish.
“The kids get to have a positive interaction with the police. They get to see us in a normal setting, where there is nothing wrong going on. And they get to see the police are just normal people, just like their mom or dad or anybody else they know.” Uhl says, “It also helps the police a little bit because we get to have a positive interaction with people, instead of being someplace where there is a problem going on, that we have to work on. So it’s good for everybody.”
After taking classes, the kids took their new rods and fished in the west pond at Pawnee Park, across from the west shelter. A multitude of local organizations donated to make the day possible and the event ran from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.