The 46th annual Cops-n-Kids Fishing Derby went off without a hitch at Harmon Lake in Mandan on Wednesday, August 4.
Bismarck Police Youth Bureau hosts this event annually to create an opportunity for at-risk children and law-enforcement to form life-changing relationships.
What better way to do that than fishing?
Children are often referred to participate in the program by a school counselor, but any child can participate.
“The officers enjoy it as much as the kids. It gives them a an opportunity to get to know some of the kids they might run into and some of the relationships that are formed can last a lifetime,” says Teresa Carrigan, Bismarck Police Youth Bureau coordinator.
Carrigan says the Cops-n-Kids Fishing Derby is fully sponsored by donations from the community every year and Bismarck PD hopes this event will allow kids to hangout and know their local officers.