FLINT TWP. — The township board has accepted the resignation of Detective Nicholas Sabo, a seven year member of the police force. Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said Sabo was leaving police work to pursue interests in a less dangerous career. She also said that the board was not required to formally accept Sabo’s resignation but had been asked to do so by Police Chief George Sippert in order to make it an official part of township records. Records show that Sabo was one of six officers hired in 2009 as part of an unprecedented effort to increase police staffing to 45, fulfilling a promise made to voters after passage of the 2007 police operations millage.
During his tenure, Sabo served as the community and media contact department for the department.
In 2013, he was one of two officers certified as Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) under a program coordinated by The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).The DRE program trains officers to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol.
In 2012, Sabo was awarded the Medal of Meritorious Service, credited with saving the life of a suicidal Flint man threatening to leap off an overpass bridge on to the I-75 freeway during an incident in March of that year.