Young Butler County anglers try their luck at Fish with a Cop event

More than 30 children attended the Fish with a Cop event Tuesday, July 17, at Fairfield Optimist Club pond. Butler County Sheriff’s Office employees helped the youth during the event. Supplies were donated by Hamilton Bait & Tackle, Dixie Marine and Bass Pro Shop. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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More than 30 children attended the Fish with a Cop event Tuesday, July 17, at Fairfield Optimist Club pond. Butler County Sheriff’s Office employees helped the youth during the event. Supplies were donated by Hamilton Bait & Tackle, Dixie Marine and Bass Pro Shop. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Butler County Sheriff’s deputies and the Fairfield Optimist Club teamed up today for the premiere Fish with a Cop event.

About 40 children, ages 7-14, lined the lake on Joe Nuxhall Way for fun and conversation with law enforcement.

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Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones was in attendance, but said he didn’t dip a line in the water.

“The kids were there for the fun, they didn’t care who the sheriff was. They were concentrating on that fish,” Jones said.

One young angler even caught a turtle.

Jacob Baker rushes to get his fish weighed during the Fish with a Cop event Tuesday, July 17, at Fairfield Optimist Club pond.
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Jacob Baker rushes to get his fish weighed during the Fish with a Cop event Tuesday, July 17, at Fairfield Optimist Club pond.

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Bait, poles and tackle were donated by local businesses, and prizes were awarded for biggest catch and other categories.

Jones said the sheriff’s office plans to continue the event annually as part of community policing programs.

“With the current trend toward law enforcement, it is good for kids to know cops are just regular people who can get out and have fun,” Jones said.

Jacob Baker rushes to get his fish weighed during the Fish with a Cop event Tuesday, July 17, at Fairfield Optimist Club pond.
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Jacob Baker rushes to get his fish weighed during the Fish with a Cop event Tuesday, July 17, at Fairfield Optimist Club pond.