Hiram – Since returning to the Village in January 2012, Hiram Village Police Chief Ed Samec has made it one of his missions to get the community involved with the Hiram Police Department. To that end, he’s hosted community-minded events focused on helping area kids get to know Hiram’s finest by issuing tickets (for free ice cream) to area kids who practice safety habits like wearing bike helmets and car seat belts. But he’s not just here for the kids — He’s also offered local families the opportunity to bring home a new family member through pet adoption events. To further the cause for community involvement in policing, the Hiram Police Department, dubbed by Samec as “Team Hiram”, has some more exciting events in store for area kids and their families.
On Saturday, August 24th from 9 am to 2 pm, local kids and their families are invited to attend Cops & Kids Fishing Day at Camp Asbury in Hiram. The free community event will provide area kids and their families with the opportunity to check out the local camp while trying or perfecting fishing skills.  And even if the fish aren’t biting, when hunger strikes, Chief Samec and his team will be ready to provide hot dogs, chips and drinks to all hungry anglers. If you’ve got your own fishing poles, feel free to bring them. If not, no worries — poles and bait will be provided. For more information on Cops & Kids Fishing Day, call the Hiram Police Department at (330) 569-3236.
In addition, the Hiram and Garrettsville Police Departments will be holding a Hot Rod Car Show on August 31st from 9 am to 2 pm in at Hayden and Dean Streets in Hiram Village. The event will feature hot rod cars, trucks and trophies. Bring your kids for an afternoon of music, food, door prizes, raffles and family fun. There is no registration fee to show your vehicle, and admission is free. Donations will be collected for the Shop with a Cop program. For more information on the Hot Rod Car Show, contact Rick Patrick at (330) 687-9637.
The Shop with a Cop program provides Hiram/Garrettsville area children and their families the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas holiday season. The program was designed so that less fortunate children can go holiday shopping for themselves and their families with a police officer. Explains Hiram Chief Samec, “We look forward to the Shop with a Cop program every year. Our goal is that every child gets the chance to enjoy the holiday season. Seeing the looks on the children’s faces as they’re able to purchase gifts for themselves and their families really makes our holiday season.” Continues Samec, “The program also brings children and Safety Officers together, which helps build bonds that are essential to community policing. Last year, 21 children and their families participated in the program, which survives solely upon donations, fundraisers, and grant awards.”
If your family or business is interested in making a donation for the 2013 Shop with a Cop program, please call the Hiram Police Department at (330) 569-3236.