David Dickson Memorial Fishing Friday is June 20

Jun 16, 2014

Three hours of fun and fishing are planned Friday, as law enforcement officers again remember one of their own.

The 18th Annual David Dickson Memorial Fishing Friday is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Graham Park.

Fishing Friday typically draws hundreds of children from across Greenville and the surrounding area. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, soldiers and elected officials will be on hand to fish with the children. Police vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks and a helicopter will also be on display. The Greenville Police Department will provide fishing equipment and a hot dog lunch.

Fishing Friday brings out hundreds of anglers to Graham park in Greenville each year, including fathers and sons. The 18th Annual David Dickson Memorial Fishing Friday is scheduled this week.
Credit Brad Kellar

Dickson was named as the Greenville Police Department’s Crime Prevention Officer shortly before he passed away in June 2005. Dickson was also the chief of the Commerce Emergency Corps and a member of the agency’s dive team and had been Greenville’s only Litter Abatement Officer, a position he had filled for seven years prior to his being named Crime Prevention Officer.

Fishing Friday is one of the activities hosted by the Greenville Police Department at part of the annual Summer of Safety program.

— Swimming Friday is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon June 27 at the Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool. Kids can swim for free and the event includes a hot dog lunch for children and their parents.

—  Skate Friday is set for between 9 a.m. and noon July 11 at Skate Safari, offering participants three hours of free skating at the rink.

— The Greenville Police Department Kids Camp, sponsored by Innovation First and the Greenville Elks Lodge, runs July 14-18 at the Greenville Independent School District Sixth Grade Center. The Kids Camp is for children who have successfully completed the fifth grade and will be attending sixth grade in the fall. The program is free and runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Children will be under the supervision of police officers and police volunteers at all times. School Resource Officers Richard Calender and James Hamilton supervise all activities and classes.

The program is offered to all GISD, Greenville Christian School, Phoenix Charter School, Mineral Heights Academy, and Home School students.

Those wanting more information about any of the Summer of Safety programs can contact Officer Richard Calender at 903-453-0435 or by email at, can contact Officer James Hamilton at 903-453-0432 or by email at; or can contact Sgt. Dan Cooper at 903-453-0400 or by email at