FLINT TWP. — Residents are invited to come out for the National Night Out event from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Flint Township park and next door at the Flint Township Police Station. “Everything there is going to be free,” said Police Chief George Sippert.
Activities and events will include free Ident-AKid cards for the first 100 children, Shrine Clowns, a Safety defense demonstration, crime/drug prevention handouts, emergency vehicles on display, face painting, a moonwalk, the police K-9 team, Lions Club International
Leader pups for the blind; and free food and drinks.
Nationwide, its the 28th anniversary for the annual National Night Out, a crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
The official NNO is Aug. 2 but the township event was moved to avoid conflict with elections day, said Lt. Tim Jones. event coordinator.
Last year, more than 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2010. The NNO campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide, according to a press release.
NNO aims to heighten crime awareness; generate support for local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns and neighborhoods celebrate NNO with a variety of events and activities such as block parties, cookouts, visits from local police and sheriff departments, parades, exhibits, flashlight walks, contests, and youth programs.