2013-08-01 / Calendar

National Night Out coming to Saginaw Twp. Aug. 6

BY ERIN MCGRATH

SAGINAW TWP. – Next Tuesday, Saginaw Township Police Department will host the area’s 10th annual Nation Night Out event at the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex.

From 6 until 9 p.m. on Aug. 6, the community is invited to come out and explore various police, fire and emergency services apparatus with hands-on tours of helicopters, police cars, fire trucks and ambulances. They can also meet the local police, fire and ems employees who serve the residents every day.

“It’s everyone from police, to the fire trucks, to canine dogs from Saginaw City, to hot dogs popcorn and beverages,” Matthew Oswald, a Crime Prevention Specialist with the Saginaw Township Police Department, said about the event. “And it’s a lot of fun.”

The event is not only to promote crime prevention and safety, but also partnerships between and within the community.

“The idea of National Night Out is really to get strong community engagement and support in fighting crime locally,” Oswald said. “Rather than having the initial response from a police officer be the first time you (met us), you will have maybe met them at an event like this and be more comfortable.”

This is the 10th year in a row that STPD has held an event and participated in National Night Out – which has been held nationwide for the past 30 years.

Each year, the event has grown in Saginaw Township. Last year, more than 6,000 people attended the event held by the STPD and in 2011, close to 5,000 people attended.

This year they hope to be even bigger and do more, Oswald said.

“Every year we want to out-do the year prior,” he said.

This year, the STPD has partnered again with the Field Neurosciences Institute to provide bike helmets and fittings to local kids but instead of costing $5 each, thanks to a generous donation from the Morley Corporation, the bike helmets will be free.

Along with vehicles and equipment on hand for display from the STPD, there will be equipment from other surrounding services - from Kochville Fire Department, Mobile Medical Response, the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office, Frankenmuth Police Department, local military units and many more.

“We like to get everybody involved,” Oswald said. “It is for the community, it isn’t for us.”

Another new addition to the event is the STPD is holding a reunion for members of their Citizens Police Academy. There will be a special tent set up at the event for them.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (989) 793-2310.

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