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Annapolis police hook up with youngsters for annual fishing camp

Annapolis police and local youngsters recently joined forces on land and in the bay for the department's annual youth fishing camp.

The camp, in its 14th year, was held the week of July 21, and is run by officers, civilian employees and volunteers.

The children visited Annapolis Recreation and Parks' Waterworks Park and Truxtun Park to fish, then went on the water with members of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association, who provided boats, equipment and expertise.

Greg Shute, Skip Zinck, Jeremy Crawford, Jon Canatella and Rick Nadolny headed out with youngsters and helpers from Sandy Point State Park. The groups fished on the Chesapeake Bay — the groups caught six rockfish and others, and the youngsters took fillets home for dinner.

The camp educates children about basic fishing techniques and water safety, as well as promoting the idea of environmental stewardship. Police said it also helps foster a relationship between officers and the community.

"The camp's foundation rests on the necessary trust and understanding between our community and police officers, and there's no better start than with children," said Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop in a news release.

The week culminated with a cookout at Truxtun Park. The kids fished and took a kayak trip on Spa Creek with the group Kayak Annapolis.

In addition to the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association, donations for the camp were received from the Eastport Civic Association, Boatyard Bar & Grill and the Annapolis Lions Club.

—The Baltimore Sun

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