Youngsters get to go 'Fishing with a Cop'

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Victor Salazar was 'Fishing with a Cop' — Greencastle police officer Jim Bradley — Saturday at the Greencastle Sportsman's Club in this photo taken by Chief John Phillippy.

Pennsylvania State Police teamed up with local law enforcement agencies for the first Fishing with a Cop Saturday at the Greencastle Sportsman's Club.

It was organized to "build positive relationships in the communities they serve," according to a news release from state police.

Greencastle police were represented by Chief John Phillippy, Officer Jim Bradley and administrative assistant Ericka Faight.

In the morning, with the help of the officers about 35 youngsters from across Franklin County learned:

  • "How to hook bait"
  • "The Basics - Casting"
  • "Put them back alive"
  • "Pa Fishes ID"

They spent the afternoon fishing with police officers.

"Fishing with a Cop" gave officers a chance to get to know children in the communities they serve and for the children to get to know police officers.

"Furthermore, the event creates a positive, safe and fun environment in which the children and officers can engage and relate to one another while learning how to fish and tie knots," according to the news release.

The officers mentored the youngsters while sharing their secrets to catching fish. The goal was to introduce the youth to local police departments and at the same time create lifelong memories for all involved.

The children were selected from Franklin County Juvenile Probation, Children and Youth Services and

several Boy and Girl Scout troops,

A number of area businesses donated toward lunch and prizes, Phillippy noted.

Organizers plan to make "Fishing with a Cop" an annual event.