National Police Week: Texas says thank you to law enforcement with new free fishing weekend

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is offering the first ever “Free Fishing for Law Enforcement Weekend” May 18-19 during National Police Week. Anyone who holds an active peace officer license can fish recreationally in Texas public waters without a valid fishing license or endorsement. 

“Free Fishing for Law Enforcement Weekend is a great way to honor the peace officers in our communities,” said Senate Peter P. Flores, District 19. “These officers serve us every day; I commend Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to give back in this small but meaningful way. They, more than most, need some restful time outside fishing and enjoying the great outdoors. As a former career Texas Game Warden, I know all too well the burden that follows extensive time on duty. I encourage all folks in law enforcement to take advantage of this opportunity.”

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week.

Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Law enforcement personnel who don’t have the opportunity to enjoy “Free Fishing for Law Enforcement Weekend” don’t have to put their fishing rods away just yet, because Free Fishing Day in Texas is coming up on June 1, 2019.

On the first Saturday in June of each year, everyone in the state can fish recreationally without licenses or endorsements.

Free fishing opportunities can also be found at more than 70 state parks across Texas any day of the year. Learn more about free fishing in state parks.

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