Police hook up kids with poles, tackle – and maybe fish

Local kids go home with a pole and a tackle box after fishing last year with law enforcement officers from around Malheur County. (Photo courtesy Malheur County Sheriff's Office)

The odds have gone up that kids fishing with a local cop this week will go home with a fish.

The 10th annual Fish with A Cop event is being held this week at Owyhee Reservoir, pairing up 50 local youth with police officers.

The kids, ranging in age from 9 to 14, have been selected through the Boys and Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley. Additionally, the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office, the Nyssa Police Department, and the Malheur County Juvenile Department each selected five kids to go fishing for the day. The Ontario Police Department and Snake River Correctional Institution also participate.

The goal is . . .