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Kasey Jones (left) fishes with BCCC police officer Natalie Voliva at Casting with Cops.

BCCC Police Participate in Youth Fishing Event in Belhaven

Officers from Beaufort County Community College teamed up with other agencies on April 29 for Casting with Cops, a cooperative effort to reach out to the community and take kids fishing. Officer Natalie Voliva and Chief William Chrismon participated in the event near Belhaven, with over 40 youth ages 5-15 joining local officers from a variety of agencies for a day of fishing. The event was hosted by the Belhaven Police Department and included the BCCC Police Department, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Marine Patrol, and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Kids caught bream, bass and a few other species of fish in a local pond over the course of the three-hour event. They were able to see fishing boats, law enforcement boats, and other equipment used by North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Marine Patrol in their duties.

The event allowed officers to connect with children on a personal level and not in an enforcement capacity. Food, snacks, fishing equipment, and bait were provided for those in attendance. As a special bonus, each child attending received their very own brand new Diawa fishing rod with spinning reel as well as a tackle box with equipment and a gift bag.

Casting with Cops was sponsored by County Line Outdoors, Green Sea Farms, Food Lion, Belhaven Volunteer Fire Department, Cloud 9 Creamery, and Q-Tyme. The participating agencies hope to make this an annual event.