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Posted on: August 12, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Police invite residents to a National Night Out Against Crime on August 17

The Sterling Heights Police Department joins law enforcement agencies across the country in hosting the 33rd annual “National Night Out,” Wednesday, August 17, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Sterling Heights Police Department on 40333 Dodge Park Road at Utica Road. Sterling Heights families are welcome to attend.

The event will include demonstrations of public safety equipment and displays from the police and fire departments. Emergency service personnel will speak to residents about established volunteer programs like the Citizens’ Emergency Response Team (CERT), Neighborhood Watch and the Citizens on Patrol (COPS) unit. Children are invited to bring their bikes to the event and participate in a Bike Rodeo. Raffles, prizes and refreshments will also enhance the event, including a raffle of two bicycles and backpacks filled with school supplies, generously donated by Target.

The purpose of the National Night Out is to promote public safety and a sense of community between the police and residents. The National Night Out program, sponsored nationally by the National Town Watch Association (Neighborhood Watch) is a neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually and is celebrated in every city, town and village in the US in addition to increasing awareness of crime and drug prevention programs.

“National Night Out strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships,” said Sterling Heights Police Chief John Berg. “It also sends a message to criminals letting them know that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

The Sterling Heights Police Officers Association, Target of Sterling Heights, Utica/Van Dyke Service, SRT, SH Police Explorers, Macomb County Marine Division, Universal Ambulance, Sterling Heights Rotary Club, Home Depot, Screamers, Walgreens, CERT, COPS, Crime Stoppers, Traffic Safety Assoc., Care House, Turning Point, Families Against Narcotics, Premier Décor, LEEP Child ID, Vibe Credit Union and the Sterling Heights Police & Fire Departments are proud local sponsors of Sterling Heights’ National Night Out observance.

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