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National Night Out

An Annual Tradition

The Saginaw Township Police Department hosts an annual "National Night Out" event to promote crime prevention and partnerships between the police and community.NAtional Night out img

The event allows community members to explore various police, fire and emergency medical services apparatus with hands-on tours of police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and medical aircraft.

Saginaw Township Police Department members from all divisions and units are represented at the event. Officers look forward to the opportunity to make positive contact with community members. national night out img They patiently answer questions about aspects of their career choice, the equipment they use and the types of calls for service they routinely handle.

The interaction with young people and children is especially rewarding because it gives the officers an opportunity to interact in a personable manner without the normal high awareness, sometimes stressful conditions that may otherwise be the reason for contact.

In addition to safety and fun materials for our youth, officers fit and distribute free bike helmets while supplies last.


National Night Out, as we know it today, was first held in 1984.  Traditionally it is held the first Tuesday in August.  The concept was the brainchild of National Association of Town Watch (NATW) Executive Director Matt A. Peskin.  The first year, 400 communities in 23 states participated, an estimated 2.5 million people took part.  In 2008, 35.4 million people attended National Night Out activities in 11,310 communities in all 50 states.

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National Night Out could not take place with out the kindness and generosity of numerous volunteers and sponsors.

Nationally, the event is sponsored by such corporations as Target.

Agencies involved:

Saginaw Township Police Department

Saginaw Township Police Officer's Association

Saginaw Township Police Explorers Post #2376

Saginaw County Sheriff Department

Michigan State Police

Saginaw Police Department

Saginaw County Dive team

Saginaw Emergency Services Team

Frankenmuth Police Department

Saginaw Valley State University

Chesaning Police Department

Saginaw Central Dispatch

Saginaw Valley Police Canine Association

Mobile Medical Response

Flight Care