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Mid-Michigan public safety departments to host National Night Out event

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

It’s almost time for the annual National Night Out event.

The event is to gain support and participation in local crime fighting efforts. The Saginaw Township Police Department is one of more than 15,000 communities in the country that participates in the annual event.

This is the 12th year the department has hosted the event and it is held on the first Tuesday in August every year.

The event is free to the public and features public safety activities, presentations, demonstrations, and other family activities, the department said.

“This is an opportunity for our public to come out and visit with their public safety professionals in a fun relaxing environment,” said Sgt. Scott Malace of the Saginaw Township Police Crime Prevention Unit.

The event is Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex, 3575 McCarty Road.

Volunteers from area non-profits will be present with inflatables, balloons, games, and other fun activities.

Parents will also be able to purchase bike helmets for their children for $5 at the event.

The police department has partnered with Field Neurosciences Institute for custom fit bike helmets. The institute has been a partner with the Night Out event since 2003, the department said.

Residents will also have the chance to learn about various groups including the 2015 Citizens Police Academy and Neighborhood Watch.

The department also has several other informational activities planned.

Participants can purchase hot dogs, popcorn and beverages at the event. The processed benefit the Saginaw Township Police Explorer Post.

The Bay City Department of Public Safety is also hosting a Night Out event on Aug. 4.

That event takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in several neighborhoods throughout Bay City.

There will be block parties, cookouts, youth activities, contests and other activities planned, the department said.

The locations include Defore Park, Chuckie's Bay County Flea Market, Carroll Park, and the Bay County Child and Senior Center.

The Bay County Firefighters are hosting a chili coof-off at Defoe Park. The proceeds benefit Camp Fish Tales in Pinconning and the Bay County Firefighters Association.

The Grand Blanc Police Department is hosting a National Night Out event at the police department on Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tuscola County is also participating in the event. That NNO event includes free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.

It takes place on Aug. 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Highland Pines, 1385 Cleaver Road in Caro. They are holding it in conjunction with their annual Camp 911.

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