Springfield Police Department to Take Part in 57th Annual Youth Fishing Derby with “Cops and Bobbers, Hooks and Ladders” Program

Springfield, Mass. — Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood is pleased to announce that officers from the Springfield Police Department will participate in the annual Fishing Derby this weekend, sponsored by the Springfield Elks Lodge.

Saturday, April 30 from 7:30 a.m. to noon

Forest Park, Barney Pond, Springfield, MA

The annual Youth Fishing Derby with Cops & Bobbers, Hooks & Ladders Program is a free fishing program for kids up to age 12.

Kids will learn the basics of fishing from volunteers and will be able to fish alongside Springfield’s first responders.

Fishing equipment will be provided, as needed. Kids will fish in a stocked pond and trophies will be awarded for catching a tagged trout. Prizes and raffles will also be announced throughout the day.

“We look forward to taking part in this event each year and thank the Springfield Elks Lodge for inviting us to participate,” Superintendent Clapprood said. “The Fishing Derby gives our officers the opportunity to get to know kids in our community through a fun and interactive activity, and we look forward to another great event this year.”

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood and I want to thank my brother and sister Elks for sponsoring the annual Fishing Derby with Cops and Bobbers for kids.  This family friendly event is great fun and our brave and dedicated men and women police officers love coming together with the community for these fun and interactive activities.  So come on down and let’s help the kids learn the basics of fishing!”

Questions about the event can be directed to Jennifer Lapis at 413-835-5541 or jennifer_lapis@fws.gov.