FLINT TWP.— Target Corp., Home Depot, Harbor Freight Tools, Pizza Hut, Mancino’s. Latina’s, The Salvation Army and Cottage Inn Pizza are among local businesses contributing to this year’s National Night Out event held on the grounds of the police station at 5200 Norko Drive.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in a bigger event that includes extended hours, this year, said Police Chief George Sippert, in an update to the township board.
He announced previously that this year’s event will add involvement of the Mundy Township and Swartz Creek police departments. Starting a half hour earlier and ending a half hour later than in past years, the event will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on August 4.
Michigan State Police, STAT EMS, Genesee County Parks, United Way, the GISD, Swartz Creek and Flint Township fire departments, and the Boys and Girls Club of America also will participate. A bicycle giveaway, bounce houses, free food and other games and exhibits will be included in the fun for the whole family, Chief Sippert said.
NNO is part of a national effort to encourage people to get out in their neighborhood and community and get to know one another in order to help reduce or prevent crime, he said.
Tours of the police station can be arranged upon request, he said.
Hoping to attract more residents from neighboring communities is one of the reasons for partnering with Swartz Creek and Mundy Townships, but everyone is welcome to come, Chief Sippert said, adding that flyers are being distributed to promote the event, which also is posted on the township and police web sites.
Members of several Neighborhood Watch groups, Natalie Nagy from Target Corporation, Swartz Creek Police Lt. Matt Bade and Flint Township Police Lt. Jim Baldwin are working together to “present a night of fun family activities.”
Police, fire and ambulance vehicles will be on display and area businesses will have displays promoting crime prevention.
Similar events will be held on the same night by an estimated 16,124 communities across the country. Begun in 1981, NNO is an annual nationwide community-building campaign begun in 1981 by the National Association of Town Watch.
Swartz Creek View writer Lania Rocha contributed to this report.