NEWS RELEASE   7/12/2010

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CITY OF FLINT BEGINS BLUE BADGE VOLUNTEER CORP TRAINING


Flint, Michigan – July 12, 2010 – Beginning Tuesday, July 13, 2010 the City of Flint will begin Blue Badge Patrol Volunteer Corps Training. The training sessions are for residents interested in being a volunteer at one of the city’s police mini-stations; a neighborhood crime watch; or Flint Police volunteer.

Mayor Dayne Walling’s Blue Badge Patrol Volunteer Corps is the umbrella for all City of Flint crime fighting initiatives that involve active participation from residents, including block clubs, crime watches, mini stations and police volunteers.

The program offers an amazing opportunity for government and residents to work together. It is built upon the principles of community policing. Community policing means community members are the ‘eyes and ears’ for police, addressing both crime and quality of life issues.
“It is partnerships between residents, business owners, and police working together that have a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, reducing fear of crime and enhancing the quality of life in the community,” said Mayor Dayne Walling.

Training and successfully passing a background check is required for all participants in the Blue Badge Patrol Volunteer Corps.

Training sessions have been scheduled for the following days:


Blue Badge Training Sessions
Mini Station Volunteer Training
July 13, 2010 - 9:30AM - Haskell Community Center
July 14, 2010 – 2:00 PM – Haskell Community Center
Crime Watch Training
July 26, 2010 – 6:00PM – Urban League of Flint
July 28, 2010 – 6:00PM – MCC Regional Technology Center (Auditorium)
Flint Police Volunteer Training
August 2, 2010 – 6:00PM – MTA Downtown Terminal (Rosa Parks Room)
August 4, 2010 – 10:00AM – Flint Public Library

For more information contact Dawn Jones (810) 237-2039 or dfjones@cityofflint.com

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