NEWS RELEASE   9/29/2011

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Workshops are offered through the City of Flint Blue Badge Volunteer Corps Program

Flint, Michigan - September 26, 2011 - In observance of National Crime Prevention Month, the city of Flint is sponsoring a series of free crime prevention workshops. During the month of October the city will offer five workshops designed to engage and empower residents in the fight against crime.

The series will kick-off with a day-long workshop on Crime Prevention, Saturday, October 1 from 9:00am-3:00pm at the YWCA of Greater Flint, 310 East Third Street. This workshop will cover basic self-defense, fire safety, information on how to use monthly crime data to address neighborhood issues and more.

Additional workshops will be held each Monday from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the YWCA of Greater Flint, 310 East Third Street. Food will be provided for all workshops.
Schedule of Events
Monday, October 3, 2011
Topic: Gun Violence
Monday, October 10, 2011
Topic: Drug Crimes
Monday, October 17, 2011
Topic: Domestic Violence
Monday, October 24, 2011
Topic: Property Crimes
Space is limited and those interested in attending any or all workshops should confirm their attendance at (810) 239-9190 or e-mail Officer Tanya Meeks at

The Crime Prevention Month activities are made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and sponsored by the City of Flint's Mayor's Office; Police Department; Fire Department; Legal Department; and Victim Advocacy in partnership with: Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, US Attorney, Michigan State Police, Church Without Walls Outreach, Oasis Counseling Service, Genesee County Land Bank Authority, YWCA of Greater Flint, Jung Do Martial Arts and Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church.

For more information contact Dawn Jones (810) 237-2039 or
Blue Badge is the umbrella initiative for recruiting and engaging a corps of citizen volunteers to fight crime and re-assert control over public space in Flint's neighborhoods. Volunteers play a vital role in supplementing police resources through such activities as neighborhood block clubs, participating in crime watch and crime prevention activities, staffing mini-stations in each of the city's nine wards and assisting in such areas a traffic control, special events and dignitary details.

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