EVARTS, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky police department has expanded its mission to mentor youth in Appalachia.
Officers John Teagle and William Clogston say the Evarts Police Department in Harlan County has organized anti-bullying sessions with students and a new "Cops and Kids Fishing" program.
Police Chief Lupe Blas told the Harlan Daily Enterprise (http://bit.ly/SjNh9C) that his officers are continually looking for ways to improve the lives of children in the area.
"We're doing our best to be there for our kids," Police Chief Lupe Blas said. "I'd like to say officers Clogston and Teagle refuse to give up on our children and continue to search for ways to help our kids become good citizens."
Teagle said average families are having hard times, and officers want to educate children about "important values of life and keep them from making costly mistakes in the future."
"Each officer is professionally trained to the best of their ability instilling leadership, integrity and pride within our community," said Teagle. "The Evarts Police Department is committed to paving a brighter future for our youth by having outdoor activities, as well as classroom programs. Our goal is to reach out to the youth and show them a law enforcement officer can be someone they can look up to."
Clogston said officers hope to have 20 children participate in their newest event, "Cops and Kids Fishing," which will be held at Martins Fork Lake later in the year. He said local businesses, individuals and churches are being asked to donate items such as paper plates, cups, napkins, food, fishing poles and bait in order to make it a success.
"The police officers here are all father figures and were raised to love and educate their children helping them through hard times no matter what their ages may be," said Teagle.
Teagle said officers hope the fishing day becomes an annual event.
Information from: Harlan Daily Enterprise, http://www.harlandaily.com