Roseville Police personnel will raffle off items such as bicycles and backpacks as part of their 2019 National Night Out festivities. Detective Brad McKenzie, pictured, led the raffle at their 2018 National Night Out event.

Roseville Police personnel will raffle off items such as bicycles and backpacks as part of their 2019 National Night Out festivities. Detective Brad McKenzie, pictured, led the raffle at their 2018 National Night Out event.

Photo provided by the Roseville Police Department


Roseville to host National Night Out program to promote safety

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 30, 2019

 Seven-year-old Jaxson Woodham, of Roseville, was the winner of the Roseville Police Department’s 2019 National Night Out poster contest. His poster will be used to promote the National Night Out festivities within the community.

Seven-year-old Jaxson Woodham, of Roseville, was the winner of the Roseville Police Department’s 2019 National Night Out poster contest. His poster will be used to promote the National Night Out festivities within the community.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

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EASTPOINTE — Every year, law enforcement agencies and ordinary citizens come together to promote public safety with the National Night Out.

Across the country, various organizations try to find ways to keep people safer and provide resources to encourage safety and positive habits in communities.

“National Night Out is a national event that provides tips and brings awareness to communities about crime and crime prevention,” explained Detective Brad McKenzie, of the Roseville Police Department. “We provide tips to people to keep themselves and their homes safe.”

Those in the Roseville area can take advantage of an event hosted by the Roseville Police Department from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 27325 Barkman St.

“It happens all over the country, and (Roseville) participates by having a program at Veterans Memorial Park,” said McKenzie. “We do some other things like raffles, where we give away bikes or backpacks and school supplies for kids. We have gifts and prizes for adults, like an iPad or gift certificates for dinner — things like that.”

McKenzie said such an event will allow people to learn about new ways to stay safe and even give them some things to take home with them to encourage safety, healthy living and community protection.

“I feel like it’s a way for us to give back, and we can help people in our community and promote crime prevention tips,” he said. “We will have a lot of different vendors, like Roseville Community Schools and AT&T. Tents will be set up to hand out information, and we hand out things like gun locks that make people’s lives safer. There will be a picnic with free hot dogs and chips that were donated from local businesses. The Roseville police and the Roseville Neighborhood Watch also make sure they are talking with people and giving out information.”

The city of Eastpointe will not be doing anything for National Night Out Aug. 6; however, it is planning a similar program in September.

“We’re not doing anything for National Night Out; we are focusing on our new neighborhood watch program,” said Director of Public Safety George Rouhib. “We will be doing our own safety program in September to compensate when our schedule is less full. It will have safety information, food and refreshments, and a lot of other attractions for people.”

Rouhib added that the Eastpointe Neighborhood Watch, formed in May, is progressing and doing a lot of good in the community.

“We’re making a lot of progress, and I think it’s coming along well,” Rouhib said. “We’re getting new members every day. They are contacting our officers about a lot of topics. We have a lot of dialogue going back and forth between residents and our department. We just created a new neighborhood watch Facebook page with tips and resources for our members and residents. It’s working very good so far.”

The Roseville National Night Out program is open to the public, and more information on other National Night Out events can be found at www.natw.org.

“If you have a family, it’s a free meal and it’s an opportunity to connect with the community and gain some new knowledge or a crime prevention tip or anything for free,” McKenzie said. “It never hurts to learn more about being careful.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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