Police, retailer partner for National Night Out

TAYLOR — On Aug. 4, neighborhoods throughout the city are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 26th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event.
For the third straight year, the Taylor Police Department has joined with Target Stores for an event that will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Target store at Pardee Road north of Eureka Road.
The event will include Fire and Police department demonstrations, including a K-9 unit. Officers also will be on hand for child identification cards and fingerprinting, as well as crime prevention tips.
Hot dogs will be served, and activities will include music, water balloon toss, dunk tank, goodie bags for kids and face paintings.
National Night Out is a national event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. It is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
From 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 4, residents throughout the city and across the country are asked to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.
Police Chief Dale Tamsen said, “This is an opportunity for residents to promote awareness, safety and unity in their neighborhoods. It’s yet another way to form police-community partnerships and citizen involvement that help us prevent and fight crime.”
For more information or to participate, contact Sgt. Mary Sclabassi at (734) 374-1531.