By George Slaughter
The Katy Police Officers Association is holding an online sale in lieu of its annual fish fry, which had to be cancelled due the pandemic.
This is the second consecutive year the pandemic has forced cancellation of the fish fry, long a popular charitable and social attraction in Katy. Michele Miller, a police IT specialist and association treasurer, said the association hopes to stage the fish fry again next year. The event is held on the second Tuesday in April.
Proceeds from the fish fry enable the department to purchase equipment not normally budgeted by the city. Proceeds also go to other local causes as well, including donations for officers injured in the line of duty, school organizations, and activities such as adopting a family for Christmas and delivery drivers for Thanksgiving turkey giveaways.
Some proceeds are saved to use on staging the next fish fry. Miller said fish frys are expensive to stage. In 2019, the last year the fish fry was held, supports enjoyed fried fish, hush puppies, green beans, potatoes, and iced tea. That year, event organizers purchased 100 more pounds of fried fish than for the 2018 event.
Available for sale online are retro t-shirts ($5-15), supporter badge shirts ($10-$15), aprons ($10), and caps ($20). The retro t-shirts show the former police badge, while the supporter shirt shows the current badge.
The caps come in four colors: black and gray (for men), and pink and gray (for women).
“Pink is very popular,” Miller said.
Miller said the t-shirts, aprons, and caps are typically given to fish fry volunteers. But with no event, the shirts served no purpose sitting around.
“We decided to make use of the t-shirts,” Miller said, adding that initial sales were strong this week. She said the association will get more items to sell if demand remains strong.
To see the collection, visit the website. Allow two days for order processing for pickup at the Katy Police Department, 5456 Franz Road.
For more information, call 281-391-4855.