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Hillsdale PD Kids' Fishing Derby Has An Angle: Positive Relationships

Come get hooked.
Come get hooked. Photo Credit: David Stonner, Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

HILLSDALE, N.J. – Patience, ingenuity, preparation and humility are all part of what makes fishing a great way for people to connect – which is why Hillsdale police have arranged their first annual “Cops and Bobbers” fishing derby at the Woodcliff Lake reservoir on May 27.

Officers will work side-by-side with youngsters 16 and under, "helping them bait, cast, hook and release fish all while bonding and learning that they are not so different from each other, after all,” Detective Bill Diedtrich said.

Trophies will be awarded for prize catches.

No equipment? No problem.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection will bring its “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” trailer packed with rods and reels and whatever else those who’ve never fished before or don’t have the tools could need.

NJDEP game wardens also will conduct educational demonstrations and offer tips to the youngsters.

Hillsdale police are hosting the event in conjunction with their PBA Local #207. Sponsors include Ramsey Outdoor, Suez Water and ShopRite.

The derby runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the facility at Church and Reservoir Roads in Hillsdale.

Parents must be in attendance.

QUESTIONS/INFO: Officer Ryan Norton at RNorton@hillsdalepolice.com .

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