Fourth annual fishing derby is back

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-The fourth annual fishing derby is taking place on Saturday at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro.

Free fishing and free food are just a few of the fun filled activities that will be taking place, according to Fraternal Order of the Police member, Brian Arnold.

"We'll have a little bit of something out here for everybody. The Craighead County dive team will be out here and they're going to do a demonstration. One of our narcotics dogs will be out here as well as Jonesboro Animal Control."

Arnold says it's important to law enforcement officials that they get an opportunity to meet with the community members they work to serve.

"It gives families a chance to mingle with us in a non formal setting. People get a chance to see us in a non authoritative light."

Arnold says developing good community relations can even have an effect on their ability to solve crimes.

"If we have good community relations with the public they're more apt to help us with crimes we need to solve. Take Crimestoppers, for instance. Those are shown every week and it's been a great tool for us to help solve some crimes."

Arnold says the fishing derby is also an opportunity for the children in Region 8 to become familiar with officers.

"They get to come out, visit with us, talk to us and just hang out with cops."

The Fraternal Order of the Police is made up of a variety of our law enforcement officers, ranging from Craighead County Deputies, Jonesboro Police, probation and parole officers.

This event is free to the public and if for children ages zero through fifteen.

Categories will include the smallest, biggest and most caught fish of the day.

Registration will take place at seven at access number six.

People will be fishing from seven to ten.

After that a drawing for prizes will take place that include bicycles.

They'll also be handing out trophies to the winners of the categories.

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