MANKATO, MN - Kids got to cast their cares away at Lion's Park this morning.

It's called 'Cops and Bobbers', a unique chance for kids to learn about fishing and bond with the boys in blue.  Mankato Public Safety hopes the event will teach kids that the police do a lot more than just arrest people.
 
Officer Keith Mortensen said: "We build relationships from little on [up] so they know if they need help or if they want to have someone to talk to, we're there for them."  Mortensen loves working with kids and has been a school resource officer for a few years.

The summertime event is in its fifth year.  Local businesses donated fishing rods, bait, and even made cash contributions to keep these kids angling.  Earlier in the morning, the Department of Natural Resources pulled some nets full of fish from the water, so they could show the kids the different types of fish living in the pond at Lion's Park.

"It is a lot of work, but it is really fun." Mortensen mentioned.

The hard work put in by these officers and volunteers seems to have paid off.  It looked like the kids were having a lot of fun, even if they didn't catch something.

"He swallowed the worm and then coughed it back up.", said one of the kid fishermen.

Fishing with the police is something that the kids will remember for the rest of their lives.