Hiram – The Hiram Police Department recently received a $500 “Step Outside” grant from the Ohio Department of Wildlife. The grant award will be directed toward a community program called, “Cops and Kids” Fishing Day. The event will be free of charge to anybody who attends. The intent of “Cops and Kids” Fishing Day is to bring community children closer to law enforcement officers and build lifelong bonds. “Kids will spend time fishing with police officers and having a fun day. We will have many items to give away at the event, contests, prizes, as well as lunch”, Chief Ed Samec said. “This is a program designed to bring police officers and kids closer together, build bonds and friendships; it also is directed toward building family unity. Parents are encouraged to participate in the event and join in with the fun”, Chief Ed Samec added. “In our busy and hectic lifestyles nowadays, it is easy to let family unity slip by a bit. This program is also geared toward reminding families that “quality” time is important and does not have to cost a lot of money. Go fishing!” A date, location, and times have not yet been determined, but they are soon to come.