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TPD teaches kids about nature at Cops and Bobbers event

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 18:18:01-04

MIDWAY, Fla. — Tallahassee Police officers traded in their uniforms for a fishing pole to give children in the community an experience some will never forget.

TPD and the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department teamed up by taking kids to the Joe Budd Conservation Area on Tuesday.

The kids learned how to bait, cast and reel a fish. The day included more than just fishing, it was an educational experience to learn about wildlife.

They also had an opportunity to interact with wildlife conservation officers, firefighters and police officers.

"For these kids, this is the first time they've ever been near water, held a fishing pole, catch a fish, or sit down with a police officer and talk about life and not talk about being a police officer or some other profession," said TPD officer Morris.

This was the first year for Cops and Bobbers, but TPD says this event is very important for children of the community to unplug from electronics and connect with nature. Plus, it lets the community see officers in a different light.

TPD hopes to make it an annual event.