Taylor police partner with Target for "National Night Out" and child fingerprinting event

On Tuesday, August 3, neighborhoods throughout Taylor are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 27th Annual National Night Out crime- and drug-prevention event.

For the fourth straight year, the Taylor Police Department has joined with Target stores. An event is scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. August 3 at the Target store at 23555 Allen Road in Woodhaven.  

The event will include child fingerprinting done by a Taylor police officer as well as fire and police demonstrations, including a canine unit. Officers also will be on hand for child identification cards, fingerprinting and crime prevention tips.

There will be music, hot dogs, games, a moon walk and goodie bags for kids.

Melissa Ball of the Taylor Target store said: “We will be giving away sidewalk chalk to all the kids. We also have some small toys to give away we’ll even be raffling off a boys bike and a girls bike.”

National Night Out is a national event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The night 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. on August 3, residents throughout Taylor and across the country are asked to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

“National Night Out is an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the community,” said Taylor police Lt. Mary Sclabassi. “Our residents are always looking for way to help combat crime in their neighborhoods. National Night Out gives us the chance to thank residents for their vigilance.”

For more information or if you would like to participate, please contact Lt. Mary Sclabassi of the Taylor Police Department at (734) 374-1531.

Taylor, Michigan