By Police Chief Berg
The Sterling Heights Police Department will have its annual National Night Out on Wednesday, August 17 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. outside the Police Department.
National Night Out was established in 1984 with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice. This funding is no longer available, however, the Sterling Heights Police Department continues this program with the assistance of private businesses and groups who donate time, goods, services and money to support the effort.
National Night Out emphasizes building partnerships between the community and the police. National Night Out objectives include sharing crime prevention tips and strategies, tips on staying safe in cars and on bikes, and many other public safety initiatives.
Most importantly, the National Night Out provides that Sterling Heights Police Department with another event to communicate with the citizens we serve and protect. This event provides us with the opportunity to show the citizens of our community who and what we are in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. The public gets a chance to meet and speak with police officers in a venue that is different than that of the usual mode of contact, which is to say when they are the victim of a crime or on the receiving end of a traffic stop. This event helps us to build on an already strong relationship that we have with the community and gives us a chance to “show off” a little as well.
Children get the opportunity to see that police officers are friendly and that they are there to help them when they are in need. Adults will enjoy a closer view of the professional, proactive, and courteous police department, which is the Sterling Heights Police Department.
We hope to see you all on August 17!