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Children, police fish together in Stevens Point

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- It wasn't "Cops and Robbers" Saturday afternoon. Rather, it was "Cops and Bobbers."

Children in Stevens Point got their fishing poles out to see what they could catch with the help of local police.

Police say they do this so children can get outdoors, while also getting to know the officers where they live.

They say 120 children showed up Saturday, the most they've had in the event's six years and almost double last year's turnout.

Children caught several kinds of fish at Bukolt Park, including bluegill, carp, bass and catfish.

Officers say "Cops and Bobbers" helps show children that there's no reason to be afraid of police.

"It's about being out with law enforcement and seeing [us] in a positive environment, not a negative environment, where they can come up to us," said Portage County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Koepsell. "If they see us out in the streets or out in the schools, they can come up to us."

Organizers say most children brought their own fishing equipment, but they did have some to loan out.

Prizes were given for the biggest catch in different age categories.

Sheriff's officials say they're able to put this on thanks to a grant from the Elks Lodge and other local business contributions.

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